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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



TOWNSHIP GRANTS 



OF 



LANDS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE 

INCLUDED IN THE 

MASONIAN PATENT 

ISSUED SUBSEQUENT TO 1746 BY THE MASONIAN PROPRIETARY. 

Arranged and Presented in Alphabetical Order and 

Comprising All from N to W Inclusive, with 

Plans, Bibliographical Citations, 

and Complete Indexes. 



VOLUME XXVIII. 

Town Charters, Volume V. 
Masonian Papers, Volume II. 



ALBERT STILLMAN BATCHELLOR, 

Editor of State Papers. 



CONCORD: 

EDWARD N. PEARSON, PUBLIC PRINTER, 
1896. 



JOINT RESOLUTION relating to the preservation and publication of portions 
of the early state and provincial records, and other state papers of New Hamp- 
shire. 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened : 

That His Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and empowered, with 
the advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person — and fix his 
compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appro- 
priated — to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such 
portions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New 
Hampshire as the Governor may deem proper ; and that eight hundred copies of 
each volume of the same be printed by the state printer, and distributed as fol- 
lows : namely, one copy to each city and town in the state, one copy to such of the 
public libraries in the state as the Governor may designate, fifty copies to the New 
Hampshire Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the state 
librarian, who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar publications 
by other states. 

Approved August 4, 1881. 



PREFACE. 

1136387 

This volume completes the presentation of the text of the original township 
charters emanating from New Hampshire province authority, from grants by Massa- 
chusetts, and from the Masonian proprietary. The New Hampshire grants of 
townships west of the Connecticut River occupy, with the notes relating to them, 
a separate volume. The charter series consists of five volumes, viz., 24, 25, 26, 
27, and 28. This arrangement brings this class of documents into consecutive 
volumes and into the most serviceable classification that is practicable. It neces- 
sitates the postponement of the presentation and treatment of the Masonian papers 
of a more general nature to a subsequent volume. The slight change of the logi- 
cal order, wherein these papers might have preceded the subsidiary Masonian 
charters, will doubtless be considered of little moment when considered with refer- 
ence to the desirability of bringing the Masonian township grants into immediate 
sequence with the province grants of a similar character. 

The methods of administration which prevailed in the business of the Masonian 
proprietary in the period in which they were actively engaged in disposing of the 
lands which had been conceded to be subject to the Masonian title after more 
than a hundred years of controversy, are deserving of special consideration. It 
was suggested in our preface to Vol. 27 that this would receive attention in this 
connection. The observations which follow, therefore, should be read in reference 
to the editor's preliminary note to the preceding volume. 

The lands included within the Masonian Patent were conveyed to the twelve 
original associates by deed of Robert Tufton Mason, January 30, 1746. The con- 
sideration paid was fifteen hundred pounds, and the purchase was held in fifteen 
shares. Theodore Atkinson held three, Mark Hunking Wentworth two, and the 
ten others one share each. 

At the first meeting of the members of this proprietary the original purchasers 
were the only persons in interest, but, previous to the disposal of any of the lands 
within their purchase, a further distribution or allotment was made, so that no 
associate owned more than one share, and four of these fifteenth parts were sub- 
divided. Mark Hunking Wentworth sold one of his two shares to John Rindge 
June 2, 1750; Theodore Atkinson, two of his three to John Tufton Mason, 



IV PREFACE. 

August i, 1746; and Mason, one of his two in equal interest to Samuel Solly and 
Clement March, May 26, 1748; he also sold one half of his remaining share 
to John Thomlinson, June 9, 1749. On various dates Nathaniel Meserve sold 
fractional interests in his share. Col. Samuel Moore having died, his share was 
held by his widow, Mary Moore, and her brother, Daniel Peirce. Although in 
several instances, the original purchaser died before the dissolution of the associa- 
tion, the shares appear in the records accredited to the several owners as follows : 

1. Theodore Atkinson. 

2. Mark Hunking Wentworth. 

3. Richard Wibird. 

4. John Wentworth,. 

5. George JafFrey. 

6. Nathaniel Meserve and others [Joseph Blanchard, Joseph Green, and Paul 
March] . 

7. Thomas Packer. 

8. Thomas Wallingford. 

9. Jotham Odiorne. 

10. Joshua Peirce. 

1 1 . Daniel Peirce and Mary Moore. 

12. John Moffatt. 

13. John Rindge. 

14. John Tufton Mason and John Thomlinson. 

15. Samuel Solly and Clement March. 

The deed of Mason to the associates conveyed the towns, as well as the 
ungranted lands, within the patent. The conveyance, says Belknap, "raised a 
great ferment among the people."" As an act of justice, as well as a measure of 
prudence, and to quiet the people, the associates immediately quitclaimed all the 
lands and improvements within the organized towns of the province. Having 
satisfied and placated the residents within the towns, they encountered a serious 
problem in another direction, and frequent contentions arose in their dealings with 
the grantees of several towns granted by Massachusetts, and which, on account 
of their isolation and weakness, were not included in the general deed of quitclaim. 

Many of the persons claiming under the Massachusetts charters were admitted 
among the grantees in the Masonian grant of the same town, or were given equiva- 
lent privileges in some other township. A few of the settlers who had made 
improvements under the Massachusetts title resisted all overtures. Several law- 
suits ensued, but these always ended in verdicts for the purchasers from Mason. 
Several settlers in Rindge, New Ipswich, and other towns of this class certainly 
suffered serious losses and possibly injustice. As a rule, however, the Masonians 
were ever ready to hear complaints and to grant redress ; and they generally suc- 
ceeded in allaying the contentions that were incident to the existing conditions. 



PREFACE. V 

Nothing in the nature of quit-rents, which were characteristic of the province 
charters, were reserved in these Masonian grants. A prudential stipulation was 
incorporated to the effect that none of the lands reserved to the fifteen proprietors 1 
shares should be taxed until improved by the owners or some person holding title 
under them. 

In the administration of the business of the association, their methods and plans 
were simple, and probably more in harmony with the usages of that time than of 
the present. If the proprietors had existed a century later they would have formed 
a corporation. Following the custom of the day they were an association, gov- 
erned only by the dictates of a common interest. For many years the association 
did not have a common treasury. In the grant of a township a certain quantity of 
land was reserved to each shareholder, and the division was made as nearly as 
practicable in equal shares. In the distribution which accompanied the partition 
of a township or grant, each grantee and each of the fifteen shares was ac- 
corded an original title to one of these sections, all of which were supposed to be 
equal, generally about three hundred acres. The association paid the common 
charges in equal shares, and each associate sold the land thus acquired on his own 
account. The measure of profit or loss of a shareholder in any particular case 
depended upon the result of the sales made by individual members of the asso- 
ciation. 

Upon the division of a township, one of the equal shares or lots was reserved 
for schools, one for the ministry and one for the first settled minister. 

Anticipating expenses of a legal nature in maintaining and defending suits at 
law, the association reserved two additional shares in a majority of the towns and 
styled them " law lots." These were granted to Matthew Livermore and Wil- 
liam Parker, the attorneys of the association by vote of July 25, 1750. Whenever 
the names of these two appear in the lists of grantees, it is on account of their 
legal services. They were not, as sometimes inferred, members of the association. 

The tract of land known for many years as Society Land, the towns of Alton 
and Allenstown, several small tracts or gores, and the islands in Winnipesaukee 
Lake were not granted as townships according to the general rule, but were divided 
into fifteen equal parts and one part drawn to each share. The subsequent sale of 
the individual interests thus acquired and the creation of titles in severalty opened 
the way to settlements. In a few instances before the division of a tract of land 
with a view to the customary distribution among the proprietors, a lot might be set 
aside to compensate a surveyor or some other person who had charges against 
them ; and, in general, so far as it was possible, the Masonian proprietors paid the 
expenses of the association with land. 

In a very few cases, in the disposal of small gores that did not admit of easy 
division and partition, a sale was made. The money received was not suffered to 
lie in a treasury but was immediately divided. Whenever there was a necessity for 



VI PREFACE. 

money to be used for the association it was raised oy an assessment on the several 
shares. 

The political status of the townships granted under Masonian authority was not 
necessarily like that which marked the province grants. The grantees under the 
latter were sometimes vested with political privileges by the terms of the charter, 
similar to those contemplated by the ordinary act of incorporation. This was not 
the invariable rule and possibly not the general custom in the granting of townships 
by the provincial government (see preface to Vol. 24). The Masonian proprietary 
could not invest the grantees of their towns with political or municipal privileges or 
powers. For this investure recourse was had to the assembly in the ordinary 
course of events. Not infrequently, however, the inhabitants assumed the func- 
tions of municipal government and procedure, and regarded themselves as invested 
with the ordinary municipal prerogatives without invoking the aid of legislation. 
Long exercise of corporate powers by a town without objection has been recognized 
by our courts as evidence on which an act of incorporation would be presumed. 
(Bow vs. Allenstown, 34, N. H. Reports, 351.) 

In added reference to the tracts afterwards known as Alton and Allenstown, and 
that formerly designated as Society Land, it may be stated that the demarkation of 
town boundaries and the adoption of town names were occurrences subsequent to 
the conversion of the lands to ownership in severalty and actual settlement, and the 
result of after-consideration by the inhabitants. In these particular incidents, a 
variation from the custom of the proprietary is observable. It will be found that it 
was their usual method to designate town boundaries at the outset, and settlement 
was a subsequent affair. 

The substantial character and commanding influence of the persons associated 
in the Masonian purchase is sustained by the annals of the state. The ties of 
kinship that held them in close relations are worthy of mention. 

Mark Hunking Wentworth and John Wentworth were brothers. They were 
sons of Lieut. Governor John Wentworth, and brothers of Governor Benning 
Wentworth. Mark Hunking Wentworth was the father of Governor John Went- 
worth, and was a member of the governor's council from 1759 to I 775- 

Theodore Atkinson married a sister of Mark Hunking and John Wentworth. 

Jotham Odiorne was an uncle, and Jotham Jr., was a cousin of the wife of Mark 
Hunking Wentworth. Ann Odiorne, a sister of Jotham, senior, was the mother of 
John Rindge, and after the death of Mr. Rindge, her husband, became the wife of 
Nathaniel Meserve. 

George Jaffrey was a son of a sister of Mark Hunking and John Wentworth ; 
and Samuel Solly married Jaffrey 1 s sister. 

Richard Wibird's sister married a brother of the two Wentworths. 

Thomas Packer married a sister of the two Wentworths. His second wife was 
the mother of John Rindge and a sister of Jotham Odiorne, senior. 



PREFACE. Vll 

John Rindge was the brother of the wife of Mark Hunking Wentworth. 

Joshua and Daniel Peirce were brothers. Daniel married Ann Rindge, sister 
to John Rindge. 

Samuel Moore was the colonel of the New Hampshire regiment at Louisburg. 
He married a sister of Joshua and Daniel Peirce. 

Clement March was a relative of the Peirce family. 

John MofFatt and Thomas Wallingford, so far as known, were not connected by 
blood or marriage to each other or to the other proprietors. 

The interest in the propriety acquired later by John Tufton Mason and John 
Thomlinson was the natural sequence of their early connection with the patent. 

The Masonian proprietors, closely allied among themselves, were also firmly 
identified with, and were an important factor of the provincial government of 
New Hampshire. Mark Hunking Wentworth, Theodore Atkinson, Richard 
Wibird, Samuel Solly, George Jaffrey, Daniel Peirce, and Jotham Odiorne were 
members of the council. 

The editor acknowledges himself specially indebted to Hon. Ezra S. Stearns, 
Secretary of State, for the statement of facts which he has incorporated in this 
chapter. No living student of the Masonian element in New Hampshire history 
has a more accurate or extensive knowledge of the subject and its literature than 
Mr. Stearns. His good offices in aid of the work have contributed materially to 
its value. It is a privilege to renew the expressions of an obligation of which we 
have not been unmindful in the past. 

The continued interest of His Excellency, Charles A. Busiel, and the Honorable 
Council, and their efficient cooperation will enable the editor at an early date to 
complete the publication of the series of Masonian papers, and to place a most im- 
portant part of the archives of our state before the public in a form for general 
use and special examination. 

Mr. Otis G. Hammond continues as our office assistant, and is deserving of com- 
mendation for the painstaking industry and special fitness which he brings to the 

performance of his duties. 

THE EDITOR. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Nelson 

New Boston 

Newbury 

New Durham 

Newington . 

New Hampton 

New Ipswich 

New London 

Newport 

Ossipee 

Pelham 

Pembroke 

Peterborough 

Plymouth 

Portsmouth 

Rindge 

Rochester 

Rumney 

Salem 

Salisbury 

Sanbornton 

Sandwich 

Shelburne 

Society Land 

Somersworth 

Stoddard 

Stratham 

Sunapee 

Sutton 



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52 
76 

95 
109 
no 
112 

127 
136 
i37 
i73 
178 

185 
194 

195 

198 
208 
210 
211 

215 
228 
244 
247 
256 
263 
263 
299 
302 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Temple 

Thornton 

Tuftonborough 

Wakefield . 

Warner 

Washington . 

We are 

Wilmot 

Wilton 

Windsor 

Wolfeborough 

Unlocated Lands 

Index . 



335 
342 
345 
353 
365 
394 
421 
442 
445 
455 
468 

485 
497 



GRANTS 



NEW HAMPSHIRE TEEEITOEY 



PROPRIETORS OF THE MASONIAN PATENT 



WITH OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING THERETO. 



GKRANTS 



NEW HAMPSHIRE TEEEITOEY 



PROPRIETORS OF THE MASONIAN PATENT. 



NELSON. 



[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors as Monadnock No. 6, May 10, 1752, to 
John Hutchinson and others. The grant was renewed Sept. 30, 1767, and again 
Feb. 23, 1774. Incorporated as Packersfield Feb. 22, 1774, and named in honor 
of Thomas Packer. The present name was adopted June 14, 18 14, to take effect 
Oct. I, 1814. In 1777 an unsuccessful attempt was made to change the name to 
Sullivan. The north-west part of the town, combined with other territory, was 
incorporated as Sullivan Sept. 27, 1787. The southwest corner was combined 
with other territory to form the town of Roxbury Dec. 9, 18 12. The line between 
Nelson and Roxbury was changed June 15, 1820, by which Nelson lost a small 
tract. A small piece of land was severed from Stoddard and annexed to Nelson 
June 25, 1835. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 
635 ; Index to Laws, 394, 416 ; sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 
318; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 340; Baptist Churches 
in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 17; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
p. 283 ; Biographical Notices of Physicians, by O. P. Newell, 1, N. H. Repository, 
277.] 



[Charter of Nelson, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 1, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 

117.] 
Province of ) Pursuant", to the Power And Authority Granted 
New Hamp r j And vested in me the Subscriber by the Prop rs of 

Lands Purchassed of John Tuffton Mason Esq in the Province of 



4 CHARTER RECORDS. 

New Hamp r by their vote passed at their meeting held at Portsmouth 
in Said Province The Sixth day of December A D 1751. 

I Do by these presents on the terms & Limitations with the 
Reservations hereafter expressed Give and Grant all the Right title 
property & possession of the prop rs afores d unto John Hutchinson 
two Shares Alexander Park two Shares Robert Park two Shares 
James Miller two Shares Alexander Park Jun r two Shares Joseph 
Park two Shares John Chamberlain Four Shares Zacheus Lovewell 
four Shares Samuel Searles two Shares John Kendall four Shares 
Joseph Danforth two Shares Sampson French four Shares Benjamin 
French two Shares Eleazer Farwell four Shares John Tollford two 
Shares William Tollford two Shares James Quenton Two Shares 
James Ferson two Shares Samuel Ferson two Shares Alexander 
Calso two Shares William Calso two Shares Robert M c Curdey Two 
Shares Thomas Christy two Shares Robert Gillmore two Shares 
Thomas m c Claughlan two Shares Robert Fletcher Jun r four Shares 
Jacob Fletcher four Shares James Minot two Shares Thomas 
Blanchard four Shares John Marchall four Shares Josiah Willard 
Four Shares Benjamin Farwell two Shares Ephraim adams four 
Shares John Searles four Shares Jonathan French four Shares Ben- 
jamin Bellows four Shares 

of in & to that tract of Land or township Called Manadnock 
Nomber Six Lying in the Province of New Hampshire Bounded as 
followeth Begining at the Sow-west Corner of the Premises at a 
beach tree In the Westeren line of Mason Patent Lately marked 
fifteen mills to The Northward of the Province line being the North- 
westerly Corner Of Manadnock Nomber five from thence Riming 
South Eighty Degrees East Eight mills to a piller of Rocks $ bound- 
ing Southerly on the townships Called manadnock Nomber five & 
Nomber three, & from the piller of Stons Afores d Runs North ten 
Degrees East five mills to a beach tree from thence North Eighty 
Deg rs west one mill to the South East Corner of manadock Nomber 
Seven And to Continue the Same Corce by manad k N° 7 : Seven 
mills to y e Patent line afores d thence Southerly by that line to the 

first bounds mentioned To them their Heirs And Assigns To 

Have And To Hold On the following terms And Conditions with the 
Reservations herein After Expressed viz* that the tract of Land Or 
township afores d be Divided into One Hundred And twenty Equal 
Shares two lotts at the least in Each Share to be finished and Drawn 
for in Some Equitable & publick manner at or before the last day of 
November which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1754 

That three of the Afores d Shares be Granted free from Charge 
one for the first Settled minister one for the Ministry and One for 



NELSON. 5 

the School there for ever, One lot in each of the S (1 three Shares to 
be first Lay'd out in Some Convenient place, near the middle of the 
town and lotts Coupled to them so As not to be Drawn for 

That twenty more of S cl Shares be Reserved for the Grantors their 
Heirs And Assigns forever and Acquitted from all Duty And Charge 
untill Improved by the Owners or Some holding them Respec- 
tively 

That the Owners of the Other Shares make Settlement at their 
Own expence in the following manner viz* each Grantee At the 
Expiration of three years from the Last day of November next after 
the date hereof on each Double Share have three Acres parcel of his 
Right Respectively Cleared Inclosed And fitted for mowing or tillage 
three Acres more in like manner Clered Inclosed And fitted as 
afores d then next Annually for three Years, And at the end of the 
S d three Years which will be on the last day of November 1758 Have 
a Dwelling house Built And finished fltt and Comfortable for a family 
to Dwell in, And a family or Some person on Each Share to Inhabit 
And to Continue Residency there for three years then next Com- 
ing 

That a Convenient meeting house be built in S d Township As 
near the Centre as Convenience will Admitt within ten Years from 
this date and ten Acres of Land Reserved there for Publick use 

That the Lands in S d Township Belonging to Grantors And 
Grantees be Subjected to have all Necessary Roads Lay'd through 
them As there Shall be Occasion for the future without any pay or 
Allowance for Damages thereby 

That the afores d Grantees their Heirs or Assigns by A Major vote 
in publick meeting Called for that purpose Grant and Assess in 
Equall proportion Such Sum or Sums of money as they Shall think 
necessary from time to time for Carrying forward and Compleating 
the Settlement afores d And every of the Grantees Exclusive of the 
three publick lotts who Shall neglect for the Space of thirty days 
next after Such Assessment Shall be granted And made (to pay the 
Same) so much of Such Delinquents Rights Respectively Shall and 
may be Sold as will pay the tax and all Charges Ariseing on the Sale 
by a Com'itte to be Appointed by the Grantees for that purpose 

And in Case any of the Grantees Shall neglect or Refuse to Per- 
form any of the Articles afores d by him Respectively to be done he 
Shall forfeit his Share & Right in S d township And every part 
thereof to those of the Grantees who Shall have Complyed with the 
Conditions on their part herein Expressed And it Shall And may be 
Lawfull for them or any person by their Authority to enter into & 
upon The Right Share or part of Such Delinquent Owner in the 



6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

name and behalf of the Whole of the Grantees Who Shall Comply 
as afores d ) to Amove Oust and expell for the use of them their heirs 
And Assigns Provided they Settle or Cause to be Settled each Such 
Delinquent Right within the term of One Year At the furthest from 
the Period that is by this Instrument Stipulated to be done As the 
Condition of this Grant And fully discharge and Comply with the 
Whole duty Such delinquent Ought to have done within One Year 
from time to time After the Respective periods thereof. And in 
case y e Grantees fullfilling their parts as afores d Shall neglect full- 
filling as af ores' 1 the duty of any Delinquent Owner nor he himself 
perform it as afores d that then Such Share or Shares Shall be for- 
feit Revert and belong to the Grantors their Heirs And Assigns And 
be wholly at their Disposall 

Further that the Grantees within thirty days after the S d township 
is Lotted Out And Drawn for Shall Return a plan and Schedule of 
Such Allottment And Draught Certified by the Clerk of S d Township 
on Oath into the Grantors Clerks office 

Always Provided there Shall be no Indian War within any of the 
terms Limitted As afores d for doing the duty Conditioned in this 
Grant to be done — And in Case that Shou'd Happen the Same 
time to be Allowed for the Respective matters af ores' 1 After Such 
Impediment Shall be Removed 

Further that all White pine trees fitt for masting his Majestys 
Royal Navey Growing on s d tract of Land be and hereby are Granted 
to his Majesty his heirs And Successors forever — 

To all Which Premises I Joseph Blanchard Agent for and in 
behalf of the Grantors have hereunto Sett my hand And Seal this 
tenth day of may 1752 and — in y e 26 th year of his Majestys Reign — 

Joseph Blanchard J LS 

A true Copv Examined 

p r Mathew Thornton Prop rs Clerk 



[Acceptance of Charter, 1753.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 2.] 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq as Agent for And in the name 
And behaff of the Prop rs of the Lands in the Province of New Hamp 1 
Purchased by them of John Tufton Mason Esq Who Sold to them 



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Under the title made to them by a Com'on Recovery Did on the 
tenth day of may A D. 1752 Grant the Contents of Eight Miles Long 
and five miles Broad Part of Said Lands being the Contents of about 
Six miles Square Bounded As Followetb Begining at the Southwest 
Corner of the Premises at a Beacli tree in the Western line of masons 
Pattent Lately marked fifteen miles to the Northward of the Province 
line being the Northwesterly Corner of Manadnock Nomber five from 
thence Runing South Eighty degrees East Eight miles to a Pillar of 
Rocks Bounding Southerly on the Townships Called Manadnock 
Nomber five And three And from the Pillar of Stones afores d Runs 
North ten degrees East five miles to a Beach tree from thence North 
Eighty Degrees west One mile to the South East Corner of Manad- 
nock Nomber Seven And to Continue the Same Course by Manad- 
nock N° Seven Seven miles to the Patent line afores d thence South- 
erly by that line to the first Bounds mentioned — Under Certain Con- 
ditions Limitations & Reservations in Said Grant Mentioned As by 
S d Grant Refference thereto will fully Appear, Unto John Hutchin- 
son Alexander Park Robert Park James Miller Alexander Park Jun r 
Joseph Park John Chamberlain Zacheus Lovewell Samuel Searls 
John Kendall Joseph Dan forth Sampson French Benjamin French 
Eleazer Farwell John Talford William Talford James Quenton James 
Ferson Samuel Ferson Alexander Calso William Calso Robert 
M'dvrdy Thomas Christe Robert Gillmore Thomas M c Claughlan 
Robert Fletcher Jun r Jacob Fletcher James minot Thomas Blanchard 
John Marshall Josiah Willard Benjamin Farwell Ephraim Adams 
John Searles Jonathan French Benjamin Bellows 

Therefore Unanimously voted that we do hereby Accept Said Title 
And for Our Selves our Heirs & Assigns Do Acknoledge that we 
do hold Said Lands under Said Title Conditions and Limitations with 
the Reservations therein Mentioned — 

Extract From the votes of y e Prop rs of the Township Called Ma- 
nadnock N° Six at their meeting the 15 th of June 1753 — 

Copy Examined $) Mathew Thornton Prop rs Cler 



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[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Sept. 30, 1767, and Masonian Papers? 

Vol. 7, p. 3.] 

Whereas by a Grant of a Tract of Land made by Joseph Blanchard 
Esq r unto John Hutchinson, Alexander Park Rob* Park and others? 
dated the Sixth day of December 1751 (pursuant to a power Granted 
to him by said Proprietors) of the Right and Claim of said Proprie- 
tors in and to that Tract of Land or Township called Menadnock 
Number Six lying in said Province and bounded as in said Grant, on 
the Terms, Limitations and Conditions thereon Expressed, and among 
other Things, the several things to be done by the Grantees is Limit- 
ted to different times which by Reason of sundry Impediments they 
could not Comply with, but as they had done much towards making 
the Settlement agreeable to said Grant but wanted some further time, 
Wherefore they prayed that such further time should be Granted as 
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NELSON. 9 

which they tho'fc would not Require more than two or three Years — 
all which being Consider'd, the said proprietors being Willing to En- 
courage the Settlement & to Favour the said Grantees. Therefore 

Voted that the Term of two Years be and hereby is Granted to 
the said Grantees, and those who hold under them to fullfill and per- 
form the said Articles, Matters & things which the said Grantees 
originally were obliged to do & perform — 



[Deed from Rebecca Blanchard to Samuel Cook, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 4.] 

Know all Men by these Presents, That I Rebecca Blanchard of 
Dunstable In the province of New Hamp 1 ' Wid° Executrix to y e Tes- 
tament of Joseph Blanchard Esq r Deceas cl by virtue of a Clause in y e 
s d Will Impowering me to Sell any part of the Estate of the s d Joseph 
For and in Consideration of the Sum of Ten pounds Lawful Money of 
said Province to me in Hand, paid before the Delivery hereof, by 
Sam 11 Cook of a place Called Monadnock N° 6 in said province Hus- 
bandman the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, have given, 
granted, bargained, sold and released ; and by these Presents do give, 
grant, bargain, sell, alien, release, convey and confirm to him the said 
Sam 11 Cook his Heirs and Assigns all that Lot of Land Lying & being 
in s d Township of N° 6 part of the Right of John Kendall Lying Near 
the Easterly End thereof Begining at the south East Corner of y e 
Primises at a Spruce tree from thence Running West Ten Degrees 
North on Hundred & Sixty Rod to a Beach Tree Marked from thence 
North Ten Degres East one Hundred Rods to a Hackmetack tree 
from thence to the first Bounds Containing by Estimation One Hun- 
dred Acres — 

To Have and to Hold, the said granted Premises, with the Appur- 
tenances thereof, to him the said Sam 11 Cook his Heirs and Assigns, 
to his & their proper Use, Benefit and Behoof forever : Hereby engag- 
ing to Warrant and Defend the said granted Premises, against all 
Claims or Demands of any Person or Persons claiming by, from or 
under me or the s d John Kendall the Grantee Under the Charter 
of the said Town — 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 
12 th Day of October in the 10th Year of His Majesty's Reign. Anno- 
que Domini, 1770. 

Signed, Sealed and Rebecca Blanchard Seal 

Delivered in the Presence of us, 

Tim Dustin 

Hannah Blanchard 



IO 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



Province of J October 19 th Day 1770 

New Hamp r ) Then The above-named Rebecca Blanchard Per- 
sonally appearing acknowledged the above-written Instrument to be 
her Vohvntry Act and Deed, before me, 

Ezekiel Chase Justice Peace. 

[Endorsed] Blanchard to Cook Rec d 15 th June 1771 Recor d in Lib 
A, Fol 6, a True Copy 

f Jon a Willard Cler 

[On the back of this deed are the following names :] 
North East Quarter 



Abner Stanford 
Spencer Smith 
Elias Squire 
John Day 
Benj : Nurse 
Eliu Higby 

W m Bachelor 



Josh a Lawrence 
James Grove 
John Eastebrook 
Benj Day 
John Frink 

South West 
Benj : Lines 



Breed Bachelor 
Stephen West 
I. & J Stanhope 
Breed Bachelor 
Cornelius Cornell 



Zephaniah Bachelor 



[Settlements in Nelson, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 134.] 

In Monadnock N° Six The first Settler Breed Batchelder 
Settled Doct 1 ' Breed built one house on two Lotts Lotts 4 th R 9 th : 
R10 th 

Settled Stanhop L 3: R 8 and Improves L 3: R 7 

Settled Nuton L 3 : R 12— 

Settled Parkest L 4 : R 1 and Improves L 5 : R 1 : 



\Remonstranoe and Petition of Inhabitants, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 5.] 

To the Proprietors of the Lands Purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esq r Gentlemen 

The Inhabitants of the Township of Monadnock N° 6 : Beg Leave 
to Remonstrate to this Propriety that the Duties & Settlements En- 
joined on the Grantees of this Township is not Done as you Will See 



NELSON. II 

by Applying to the office Where the Invoices of the Towns in y e 
Province are Depositted and We are Greatly Obstructed In our Set- 
tlements for Want of a Sufficient number to Make Roads as our 
Lands are Very Uneaven & Rough & it Requires much Labour to 
Clear off the Trees when we find by Experience it Produces Such 
Grain & Vegetables as Will be Sufficient to Support us & Our fami- 
lies & we are Unwilling to Leave Our Lands We therefore pray that 
for your own Interest you Woud Send a Committee to View the 
Primeses & Cause the Delinquent Rights to be Granted to Persons 
that Will Promote our Settlem* And Your Petitioners In Duty Bound 
Shall Ever Pray— Monadnock N° 6. August 23 1773— 

James Bancroft David Marshall John farwell 

John newhall Joseph Mason Aaron Beel 

Philip Bilhash Eleazer Twitchel Josiah Stanford 

William Follet 



[Breed Batchellor to George Jaffrey, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 6.] 

Monadnock N° 6 oct r 4 th 1773 
Honoured S r 

the Last time I had the Hapiness to be in your Company you 
ware pleased to tell me as I was mentioning to your Honour that the 
Blanchards ware forming a Comeplaint against me and trying to git a 
Number of the Settlers of monadnock N° 6 to Sign against me to the 
Grantors — that if any Such Complaint Should Come I Should be 
Served with a Copy of the Comeplaint and Names Signed against me 
and have an oppertunity to Defend my Self in the affair. Sir if it 
has, or Should Come pray Dont for Git me in this affair you may 
Send any time by m r Porter the post In Comeplying with the above 
you Greatly oblige your Honours most Hum b Serv* 

Breed Batcheller 
To Honourable Geo. Jeffery Esq 



{Improvements in Nelson, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 7.] 

A List of the Northeast Quarter of monadnock Number Six as was 
Taken by us the Subscribers, with the Names of Each Settler Living 



12 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



on s d Northeast Quarter now — and the Number of the Lots & Ranges 
they Live on and the Number of Ratable poles also the Number of 
persons in Each Family and Number of acres Improving by Each Set- 
tler and also the Number of acres Improving by them that Dont Live 
Stidy in s d Town with Each owners Name anexed to the Lots 



Mens Names 


N° of the 


N° of the 


N° of Rat- 


Persons in 
Each 


N° of acres 




Lots 


Ranges 


able poles 


Family 


Improving 


D r Nathaniel Breed ; 


4& 5 


9 & io 


3 


7 


54 


Nath" Breed p . 


3 


9 


o 


1 


ik 


John Breed 


4 


9 


o 


1 


15 


william Follet 


2 


7 




6 


20 


Jonathan Nickols 


I 


3 




3 


15 


Abijah Brown 


2 


9 




2 


35 


Thomas upham . 


I 


8 




1 


20 


John wellman 


5 


7 




1 


10 


abraham Griffeth 


5 


6 




1 


18 


John Stroud 


4 


6 




3 


19 


Joseph Stanhope 


3 


8 


3 


5 


40 


John Estabrook . 


3 


10 


i 


1 


12 


Isaac & John Stanhope 


o 


o 


o 














14 poles 


32 


278^ acres 



The above is an Exact account of those Now Living on the North- 
east Quarter of monadnock Number Six 

and the Following is an Exact account of those that are Improving 
on the above mentioned N. E. Quarter but Dont Live there Stidy 



NELSON, 



13 





N° of the 


N° of the 


N° of acres 


Mens Names 


Lots 


Ranges 


Improving 


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2 


6 


16 acres 


Benj a Day 




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1 


7 


7 


Breed Batcheller 






1 


6 


20 


Ditto small Grist mill 






1 


5 


25 


Ditto . 






1 


4 


23 


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2 


3 


2 


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2 


12 


8 


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3 


12 


12 


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2 


8 


2 


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2 


10 


12 


10 — Carried over the Last mentioned to the 






127 acres 


other Side . . ... 








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2 


3 


2 


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1 


9 


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Breed Batchellers . 






4 


12 


3 with 
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5 


12 


7 


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5 


1 1 


*5 


Ithamar Smith 






4 


7 


5 


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4 


8 


2 


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4 


8 


5 


Stephen Treat 






3 


7 


7 


Elias Squire . 






3 


6 


8 


Brought from the other S 


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127 



added these that Live in Town 

Sume Total of acres Clearing 
30 Duties 12 acres Each is . 



182^ acres 
278^ 



461 acres 
360 



101 acres 
more then 
30 Duties 

May it Pleas your Excellency these two pages Represent the True 
State of the Northeast quarter of monadnock N° 6 with those that 
Live on S d Quarter & those that Dont Live there Stidy that are Im- 
proving — Taken by us the Subscribers according to the Best of our 
Skill and Judgment which we are Ready to make oath to if Required 
oct r 4 th 1773 Abijah Browne 

Thomas upham 
Breed Batcheller 



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[Improvements in Nelson, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 8.] 

An account of all the Rights in the Southeast Quarter Except the 
Seven Rights Belong to the Heirs of the Late Coll Blanchard De- 
ceased — Being 8 Rights) 





that are 




Improving 


on John Chamberlin Right 


2 Duties 




. Salvanus morse . 








16 acres 


Jabez Grover 














.6 


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.1 


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.1 


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.6 


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20 


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10 


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1 Duty 




Breed Batchellers 






Estabrooks place 


17 


amos Skiner 








! 3 


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1 Duty 




no Body on it . 










alexander Parks Right 






1 Duty 




John Adams 








25 


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1 Duty 




Aaron Beel 






. 


40 


John Speney 








.2 


Philip Billash 








15 


Robert Parks Right . 






1 Duty 




. Daniel wood 






a Grist mill & Bolting mill 




. Spencer Pratt 








18 


John Ferwell 








10 


John Scarlet Newhall . 








4 


Benj a Frenches Right . 






1 Duty 




James Bancroft . 






40 






244 acres 



Note those that have Dotts against there Names Dont Live in Town : stidy and 
the others are Living in the above mentioned Rights 
Pleas to Look on the other Side 
Brought from the other Side ...... 244 acres 

the Eight Rights was to Clear 12 acres on Each Right is . 96 



which 8 Rights have 12 Settlers on them 



148 acres over 



1 6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

The above and what is on the other Side is a Trew account Taken 
according to the Best of our Skill & Judgement 

oct r 4 th 1773 — Abijah Browne 

Thomas upham 
Breed Batcheller 



[Petition of Inhabitants to G-overnor, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 9.] 

To his Excellency John wentworth Esq r Captain General Govonor 
& Commander in Cheif in and over his majestys Province of New 
Hampshire & Vice admeral of the Same &C — 

The Subscribers Inhabetants of a Place Known by the Name of 
Monadnock Number Six Beg Leave Humbly to Shew to your Excel- 
lency, that whareas, a Petition or Remonstrance, has been Prefferd to 
your Excellecy by Sundry of the Settlers of Said Number Six Set- 
ting forth there Desire, not to have Said Number Six Incorperated, 
and also a Complaint against Breed Batcheller for not fulfilling his 
obligations with Regard of Settling Said Number Six and making 
Roads &. C. which has Occasioned Several Families to Leave the 
Town, and that by the Original Grant the Grantees where obliged to 
Settle Said Township within a Certain Limeted time with Sixty 
Families and that there was not but Twenty Families in said Town- 
ship, Eleven of which are on Land Called Blanchards Quarter, and 
also an oppertunity to Chuse another Clerk & Treasurer, with an 
Insinuation that no Votes Can be obtained with out Said Batchellers 
Consent 

your Petitioners Beg Leave to make the Following answers to the 
Premises, and with Regard to an Incorperation of said Township your 
Petitioners Beg Leave to Shew to your Excellency that there was a 
proprietors meeting Last march (Leagally held as your Petitioners 
apprehend) when a majorrety of Votes was obtained to have Said 
Number Six Incorperated, though Said Batcheller Did not Vote but 
Publicly Say in open meeting before Said Vote Passed, that if Said 
Township Should be Incorperated the Burden would Lie on the 
Inhabetants and Desired that they would Consider well on the mat- 
ter But your Petitioners are not anxcious wheather it is Incorperated 
or not but would be Glad to Leave it to your Excellencys wise Deter- 
mination — 

your Petitioners would Shew to your Excellency there is Dwelling 
in Said Township Twenty one Families Besides thirty or forty other 



NELSON. 17 

Persons that have began and made Considerable Improvements, and 
your Petitioners are of opinion that there would have been Settled in 
Said Township, many more Families or Persons had it not been for 
the Scarsety of Provisions, for Several years Past, which Scarsety 
occasioned the Removel of Several Families or Settlers and not the 
Bad Roads as mentioned in the Remonstrance — and your Petitionrs 
Trust that your Excellency will Excuse them if they Shew to your 
Excellency that Said Township was to be Settled within a Certain 
Limeted time with Fifty Families or Persons, and not Sixty Families 
as mentioned in Said Remonstrance, and as to the Eleven Families on 
Blanchards Quarter your Petitioners trust your Excellency will 
Pardon them if they Shew to your Excellency that they are Settled 
in that Part of the Town where Blanchards Lands Lies, and are on 
other Lands, three Families only Excepted which are the only 
Settlers that are on the the Seven Rights Belonging to the Heirs of 
the Late Coll. Blanchard and also an Insinuation that no Votes Could 
be obtained with out Said Batchellers Consent, we trust your Excel- 
lency will pardon us if we Shew to your Excellency that we have 
Generally attended the Proprietors meetings and Dont Remember 
that m r Batcheller Ever Exersised any othorrety Lawful or unLawf ul, 
or that he Ever Voted Except in three or four Instances, some of 
which we Beg Leave to Shew to your Excellency when the first meet- 
ing was Called by a Justice who Moderated Said meeting Some of the 
Proprietors where Desirious of having said meeting adjorned, but 
Said Batcheller Voted to have it Go on to Save the Cost of the 
Justices Coming again — the Second was that M r Batcheller Voted 
that the Proprietors Should have Leave to work out there Taxes in 
Stid of paying the money — the Third was Said Batcheller Voted one 
hapeney per acre Laid on Each Right for Reparing the Roads, and as 
to an oppertunity to Chuse another Treasurer & Clerk, your Peti- 
tioners suggest that your Petitioners are Fully Convinced that your 
Excellency will not Interfeer in that affair, but Leave them to Chuse 
there Treasurer and Clerk as Derected by Law — the Present 
Treasurer and Clerk we have no objections to tho he him Self is not 
fond of the office and your Petitioners would Beg Leave to Inform 
your Excellency that y e Roades are well made for the time Said 
town has been Settled and that M r Batcheller Never was Surveyor in 
the East half of the Town where Said Remonstrance was taken — and 
your Petitioners Beg Leave to Suggest to your Excellency that they 
are of opinion that Said Batcheller has Done all he Could to Bring 
Forward the Settlement of Said Township and what he thought Best, 
for the Interest of the Proprietors and Settlers, and your petitioners 
2 



l8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Iraagain that there has been as good Progreess made in Settling said 
Township as any other New Town in the County Notwithstanding 
Said Bateheller has Laboured under Great Disadvangages on account 
of his 111 State of helth which Obliged him to Leave the Town one 
Sumer your Petitioners are Very Sorry that any Disputes Should 
Happen with Regard to Settling said Township, and are Sorry to 
make mention of what they Immagain to be the occasion of said 
Remonstrance, but Justice at this time seems to Require it we there- 
fore hope your Excellency will not take it a miss if they Inform your 
Excellency that the Before mentioned Remonstrance was Procured 
by the Influence and at the Request of Some of Coll. Blanchards 
Heirs, Because Said Bateheller as Collector had Disposed of Some of 
there Land at Vandue for payment of there Taxes, after Being Due 
Several years — your Petitioners therefore Humbly pray that the 
Settlement and peace of Said Number Six may not be Disturbed by 
Privet animossetys, and that your Excellency would take the 
Premises into Consideration, and Do that which your Excellency in 
youi' Great wisdom Shall See fit all which is most Humbly Submited 
by your Excellencys most Humb. Serv ts 

oct 1 ' 14 th 1773 — 
John Stroud Beriah Wetmore Joseph Stanhope 

Jonathan Nickols Thomas upham Abraham Griffeth 

Abijah Browne John Le Bourveau James Phillips 

Nath 11 Breed Nathanael Breed jun 



[Retraction by Signers of Remonstrance, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 10.] 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq Cap fc Generall & Govern- 
our in Chief in & over the Province of New Hampshire & Vice 
Admiral of the same — 

the Subscribers Humbly Shew & give your Excellency to Be 
informed that some time Since We Sign'd a Petition as Inhabitants 
of Monadnock Number Six setting forth that the Duty which was 
Enjoyned in said Grant was not Compleated & Particularly that M r 
Batchellor had not fulfilled his Obligations with regard to Setling 
said Township Makeing Roads, &c We not being so well acquainted 
with Circumstances of said Number Six as we are now, & Confiding 
too much in what M r James Blanchard Said & at whose Request said 
Remonstrance was made, find the Affairs are not as Represented in 



NELSON. 



19 



said Petition & therefore Humbly pray that your Excellency will 
take no further Notice thereof but Ask your Excellencys forgiveness 
for Troubling your Excellency with said Petition 

as in Duty Bound shall ever pray 

Monadnock N° 6 oct r 18 th 1773 
Phillip Balyah John Adams Joseph mason 

Aaron Beel John Scarlet newhall William Follet 

John Farwell Eleazer Twitchel James Bancroft 

Josiah Stanford 



{Petition of Nathaniel Breed, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 11.] 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Cap* General and Gov- 
ernour in Chieff in and Over his Majesties Province of New Hamp- 
shire and Vice admiral of the Same &c — 

May it Please Your Excellency I the Subscriber beg Your Excel- 
lencys Favour and Clemency while I Relate a Few facts Relating to 
the affairs of Monadnock N° 6 Whereas a Petition has bin Presented 
to Your Excellency against the Proprietors of Said N° 6 & in Partic- 
ular Seems to be Mainly Pointed against Ens 11 Breed Batcheller to 
Do Justice to the Proprietors and M r Batchellor 1 would Inform Your 
Excellency that I was with M r Batcheller In Laying Out the town- 
ship when I Moved into town Was the Seacond family that was in it 
which is Just Five Years this Month and Believe Know as Much as 
any or More of the affairs of S d town I think the town is as forward 
as any & as Good Roads or Better for the time it has bin Setling the 
Scarcity of Provisions I believe is the Reason that hath hundred Some 
from Comeing in and Caused Others to Move Out of the town & Not 
bad Roads as has bin Represented Likewise great Numbers have had 
Lands Given them and Others have bought in Order to Settle and 
above Sixty Lots to My Certain Knowledge have Considerable 
Cleared & Some Others a Little & Many are Preparing now to Move 
into the town Soon as Possible M r Batcheller has Sold land to None 
but Such as Promised him to settle it tho to My Knowledge Many have 
fel back and he hath Done all that he thought Was best to forward 
the Settlement of the township & Never sued any that Lived in the 
town but helped them what he Could to live I Believe No One has 
Just Reason to Complain of him as Treasurer or Clerk and he Never 
was & is Not now a Surveyor for the East half of the town where 
Chief of the Setlers and all the Complainers live if the town was In- 



20 CHARTER RECORDS. 

corporated I believe it would Very Much forward the Settlement of 
the town and the Gospel in it as it will Put us in a way to Do it as to 
M r James Blanchard (the first time I Ever Saw him we Travilling 
alone) he told Me that he Would Do M r Batcheller what Ingury he 
Could if he would Not Give up the Vendue Land, which I think he 
m r Bacheller Justly Sold (and he has told Me he would Return on 
their setling all & Paying Lawful Charge and he has Returned the 
Land to several) & I believe is the only Reason that he James Blanch- 
and & M r James Bancroft got those People who I believe were Mostly 
Innocent to sign against the Incorporation and M r Batchellor which 
has a Tendency to Destroy and Hurt the Settlement of Said township 
and Break Up the Harmony that hath Conspicuously subsisted 
amongst the setlers but a few that Signed against M r Batcheller 
have bin long in the town or Known what has bin Done to for- 
ward the settlement of it as I was the Proprietors Modera- 
tor at the Meeting last March when Vote Was Obtained to 
have the town Incorporated & Can Certifie Your Excellency that 
those People that Signed the Petition against the Incorporation and 
Proprietors were those that Voted for it M r Batchellor & Others ad- 
vised them at the Meeting to think well Over what they Did & told 
then the Consequence it shews their Unconstancy I beg Leave 
Humbly to beseach Your Excellencys favour to the Proprietors and 
Inhabitants as We begin to live and take Courage Much More Might 
be Said but fear to Incur Your Displeasure and tire Your Patience 
beg Leave to Subscribe Your Excellencys Most Obedient Most 
Obliged & Humble serv* and well wisher 

Monadnock N° Six Nath 11 Breed 

Oct r 20 th 1773 



[Letter in Behalf of Breed Batchellor, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 12.] 

Monadnock N° 6 Oct: 22 d 1773 

May it Please Your Excellency 

We the Subscribers Make Bold to write a few Lines to Your Ex- 
cellency we Trust Your Excellency will Pardon us for So Doing when 
You Consider that we do it in behalf of the Township of Monadnock 
N° 6 and Ens 11 Breed Batcheller as their Hath bin Complaints against 
them both we have bin in the town five Years or More & have bin 
acquainted with the affairs of the town & in particular with M r Batch- 
eller and We think it strange to hear their is Such a Report Gone to 
Your Excellency for We are of Opinion that None of y e Inhabitance 



NELSON. 21 

of S d N° 6 have Just Reason to Complain of M r Bacheller for being- 
Slack about Setling the Town or for Oppressing the People or for his 
Not Making Roads or for his Not being faithful in any Post to which 
he hath bin Chosen for we think that he hath Done his Utmost for 
the forwarding the Settlement of the town & he hath bin a Very 
Obliging friend to those that were in Disstress and to Us in Particu- 
lar but Some have Signed against M r Batcheller tho We trust Most 
of them ware Prevailed with by the Insinuation of M r James Blanch- 
ard as Some of them have acknowledged & we are of Opinion that 
this Town is as forward in Settelment as any for the time it hath bin 
Setling thus begging Your Excellencys Favour for the town & beg 
Leave to Subscribe Your Excellencys Very Humbl Serv ts 

Abijah Brown 
Thomas Upham 



[Statistics of Families Moved Away, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 13.] 

A List of the People that have Lived on the Northeast Quarter of 
monadnock N° 6 — that have moved out of Said Township and the 
Number of the Lots and Ranges they Lived on — Term of time they 
ware Resident in S d Township N° of Ratable polls — N° of Persons in 
Each Family and N° of acres Improving by Each Settler 



22 



CHARTER RECORDS, 





W O 


N° of the 


N° of the 


N° of Rat- 


srsons 

ach 

ily 




mens Names 


CI 


Lots on 


Range 


able poles 




2 
£5 












§; 


Jonathan Parkhurst 


3h 


i & i 


in 4 & 5 


3 


ii 


48 


John Proute . 


3h 


2 


6 


i 


4 


16 


Samuel willson 


3 


2 


7 


i 


i 


20 


Johnson Proute 


2 


I 


7 


i 


i 


7 


Robert Graham . , . 


2 


I 


6 


i 


i 


7 


william Graham 


i 


I 


6 


i 


i 


2 


Kphariam Segers . 


I 


I 


6 


i 


i 


II 


Seth & John Higbe 


I 


5 


12 


2 


4 


10 


Elihu Higbe 


I 


2 


IO 


I 


i 


4 


Stephen Treat 


h 


3 


7 


I 


i 


7 


Elias Squire 


h 


3 


6 


I 


i 


8 


Thadeus Estabrook 


I 


3 


IO 


I 


i 


12 


Richard Newton . 


3* 


3 


12 


I 


6 


12 


wentrop Hoit 


h 


2 


IO 


I 


i 


4 


Nehemiah Eliot 


h 


4 


8 


2 


2 


6 


Ithamar Smith 


i 


4 


7 


2 


2 


6 


Nathan Barns 


2 


2 


IO 


I 


I 


4 


abner Stanford 


2 


3 


3 


I 


I 


2 


michel woodcock . 


2 


5 


7 


I 


I 


3 


michel woodcock Jr 


I 


5 


7 


I 


7 





49 



The above is an Exacfc account Taken according to the Best of our 
Skil & Judgment 
oct r 22 th 1773— 

To his Excellency John wentworth Esq 1 ' 

A List of the People that have Lived in the Southwest Quarter of 
N° 6 that are Not in Town 

on the Right of James Quenton — ■ 

william Batch ell or 3J years 1 pole 1 In family 8 acres cleard 

Ditto on the Right of Samuel Ferson — 16 — 

Jabez Billings Deceased 1^ years 1 — 3 — 6 

william Herrington 2 D° 1 — 3 — 4 

Benj a Lynds H — 1 — 1 — 2 

Joseph Symmonds 1^ — 1 — 1 — 7 

John Davis 1£ — 1 — 1 — 6 



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23 



S. E. Quarter James Millers Right 
Ithamar Smith J r 1^ year 1 — 1 - - 12 

John Chamberlins Right 



Salvanus Morse 



2 years 1 — 1 — 16 
8 poles 12 in family 77 acres 



[Improvements in Nelson, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 14.] 

A Trew State of the 5 Rights in the Southwest Quarter of monad- 
nock N° 6 with an account of those Living on Said Quarter & those 
that are Improving and not Stidy here 

on the Right of James Quenton 

Breed Batcheller 6£ years with 4, or 5, Labouring men 100 acres 

John Le Bourveau 3^ 
. william Batcheller 3i 

on the Right of 

Breed Batcheller 
. Joseph Symmonds \ 

william Batcheller 



. Benj a Lynds 
. Henry Bemis 

James Phillips 
. John Davis h 



i 



Samuel Person 



13 



40 
7 

16 
4 
4 



william Tolfords Right 



. Zephaniah Batcheller 

205 acres 
Did the Duties of the Right of John Tolford & James Ferson on 
the other three Rights 

The above is Taken according to the Best of our Skill & Judgement 
oct r 22 th 1773 

N B. those that have a Dott against there Names Dont Live in 
Town Stidy 

Abijah Browne 
Thomas upham 
Breed Batcheller 
5 Rights whare to Clear 12 acres Each which is 5 times 12 or 60 
acres — Substracted from 205 acres 

60 



Leaves over & above- 



145 ar 



24 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Letter in Behalf of Breed Batchellor, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 15.] 

Charlstown October 22 th 1773 — 
may it Pleas your Excellency we the Subscribers Formerly Being 
Inhabetants of monadnock N° 6 for sundry years Beg Leave Humbly 
to Shew to your Excellency that whereas there is a Remonstrance to 
your Excellency against the Proprietors of monadnock N° 6, but In 
perticular it Seems to pint out Ens 11 Breed Batcheller and our Leaving 
the Town for want of Roads and his opressing the People and us we 
hope your Excellency will Excuse us if we Inform your Excellency that 
was not the Case — and as to the s d Batchellers not making Roads — we 
would Shew to your Excellency, that he Never was Surveyor for high 
ways in the East half of the Town where the people Lived that Signed 
the Petition against him — but we Beleve that s fl Batcheller has Done 
all in his Power to have the Roads made which are well made for the 
time said Township has been Settled and as to his opressing the peo- 
ple or us we would inform your Excellency that Never was the Case 
— but that he the said Batcheller used his utmost Indevor to help the 
People to our Certian Knowledge and has Repetedly Releved us when 
in Destress and Deffulty, and has been as Kind to us seemingly as a 
Brother — Likewise we would Inform your Excellency that the Town 
Settles Very Fast, for a New place, and that the people and Said 
Batcheller Goes on Heart and hand, Except a few that we Judge are 
Led astray by m r James Blanchard as he has Tryed his best to Git us 
to Signe against said Batcheller — and has Ketched those people to 
sign against Said Batcheller in favor of the Blanchards as they Seem 
to Thretin his Rewing but not only his but we fear this will stop peo- 
ple Coming into the town to Settle as the Famely of the Blanchards 
seem to be so wormly Ingaged against him — we hope your Excellency 
will Excuse us for writing the above as we are Bound in Duty to your 
Excellency to Tell the Truth in favor of m r Batcheller, tho, we Dont 
Speak one half what we Could Say in his Favor — & Beg Leave to 
Submit the above to y r Excellencys wise Consideration & Beg Leave 
to Subscribe our Selfs y r Excellencys most Humb Serv ts 

John proute 
Michol woodcock 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq 1 " Portsmouth New Hamp- 
shire 



NELSON. 25 

[Depositions of Amos Skinner and John Wellman, Jr., 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 16.] 

To his Exelency John Wentworth Esq 1 " & c • 
This may let your Exelency know that I the Subscvibor Amos 
Skinner have ben Sumthing knowing to a Peticion signed by Sundry 
of the settelers of Monadnock N. 6. to your Exelency against M r 
Breed Batcheller and I heard James Blanchard Say that he had now 
got that fixt that would tare him mening Said Batcheller all to raggs 
and that he would forfit all he had in the world if he did not do it for 
he was then a going to the Lord Propriators with Sum of the Inhab- 
tents and had sent a Complaint before as I understood on that afair 
and that he beleived he should parsafy the Lord Propriators and Set 
the Governor to Sue the Bond that was against said Batcheller — what 
is above written is true to my knowledge and Remembrance 

Amos Skinner 
Mansfield October the 28 th 1773 

Bristol ss Mansfield October the 28 th 1773 Then Amos Skinner made 
oath to the truth of what is above written which is by him Subscribed 
Sworn Before me — 

Eph m Leonard Justice of Peace 

To His Exelency John Wintworth Esq r Governor & c 
This may let your Exelency know that I am Sumthing knowing to 
a Peticion Signed by Sundry of the Settelors of Monadnock N. 6. to 
your Exelency against M r Breed Batcheller and I heard James 
Blanchard Say that he had got that fixt against him that would 
tare him all to pecis but if Said Batcheller would give up 
the vandue Land that he had sold that he would Send to porch- 
mouth and git that Peticion back again that was sent against Said 
Batcheller as I understood by his tolk — what is above written is 
true to my knowledge and Rememberance 

John wellman junor 
Mansfield October the 28 th 1773 

Bristol ss Mansfield October the 28 th 1773 Then John Wellman 
Junor made oath to the truth of what is above written which by him 
Subscribed — Sworn Before me 

Eph m Leonard Justice of Peace 



26 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Testimony of Abijah Brown, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 17.] 

Abijah Brown of Monadnock N-6 at the Request of M r James 
Blanchard In Behalf of the porpriators of Masons Right was asked 
the Following Questions 

Q did you Ever work on M r Breed Batchellors farme for which 
you was discharged of any of your Taxes and how much 

2 ly whether you Ever heard any threatning or Complaining to the 
Governor or the proprietors from the Setlors against m r Breed Batch- 
ellor for not doing the Dutis on that part Called the North East 
Quarter 

A he worked on m r Breed Batchellors farme to the am' of one 
pound four Shillings L : M : of his Taxes, which was the proportion 

the propriators owed him (as he Said) as to peopel Complaing 

against M r Batchellor Not doing his Deuty on the North East Quar 
he Could not Tell much abought that 

Cheshire ss Monadnock N° 6 Nov r 12 th 1773 

After Due Caution & Carefull Examination the foregoing Interroga- 
tories was Impartially taken upon the Spot, at the Request of m r 
James Blanchard 

Before Sam Blodget Jus: peace 



[Testimony of Beriah Whitmore, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 19.] 

Beriah Whitmore of Monadnock N° 6 — at the Request of m r James 
Blanchard in behalf of the proprietors of Masons Right was asked the 
Following Questions 

Q did you ever here M r Breed Batchellor Say any thing to any 
Person for signing a Complaint to the Governour or heard him tell 
them that he would Summon them to portsmouth and that they 
signed a Complaint Contrary to Law and they would Suffer for it un- 
less they would Recant and sign a paper to the Governour that they 
was misled 

A that he heard M r Breed Batchellor say he beleaved the Govern- 
our would Send for them and If he did not he would petition him to 
send for them But If they would Recant he would not be Instromen- 
tal of hurting them 



NELSON, 



27 



Cheshire ss Monadnock N° 6 Nov r 12 th 1773 

After Due Caution & Carefull Examination the foregoing Interrog- 
atories was Impartially taken upon the Spot, and at the Request of 
M r James Blanchard 

Before Sam Blodget Jus : peace 



[ WillaroVs Report of Condition of Settlements, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 18.] 



Original Grantees 
Names 



Jn° Kendals Right 



Jos 11 Danforths Right 



Tho s M c Laughlins Right 



By whome owned y e Number of 
acres Cleared & worked on Houses 
Built & Familys on 

David Marshall.. H.. B. F.. O. 1 acre 

Cleared 8 acres cut over 

James Blanchard owner 8 acres cleared 

30 acres of understuff cut, Camp Built. 

N. F. O— 

Jos h Eyars there at work C. B. 7 acres 

Cut Down 3 acres understuff Cut N.. 

F.. O. 

Jos h Eayrs H.. B.. 8 acres Cleared N.. F.. 

O. a Man at Work 

Eleazer Twitchel H.. B.. 25 acres Cleared 

F.. O— 

Jos h Stanford H.. B.. 7 acres Cleared 

F.. O.. 

John Adams 20 acres Cleared H.. B.. res- 
ident. 

Aaron Beels 20 acres Cleared H.. B.. 

F.. O 

Jos 11 Mason H. B. 12 acres Cleared F.. O 

Jn° Fairwell H. B. 4 acres Cleared F.. O 

Jn° Newhalls H B. 3 acres Cleared F.. O.. 

Jn° Spring H.. Building 2 acres Cleared 

F.. O 

Phillip Billhash H.. B.. 8 acres Cleared 

F.. O one Camp Built 15 acres Choped 

over & one Grist Mill Built 
The above five Settlers are Purchasers under Rob* Boyce Esq r 

Jn° Hutchinsons Right Josiah Stanford H.. B. 7 acres Cleard 

F.. O.. 



Alexander Parkes Right 
Josiah Parkes Right 
Rob 1 Parks Right 



28 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



Benj a Frenchs Right 
Jn° Chamberlains Right 



James Millers Right 



James Bancroft H.. B.. 20 acres Cleared 

F.. O 

Sam 11 Averet H.. B.. 7 acres Cleared 

F.. O.. on y e Same Right 3 acres Cleared 

13 acres Choped over N.. H.. B.. N.. 

F.. O 

Beriah Whitmore H.. B.. 12 acres Cleared 

6 acres Cut over F,. O 

Amos Skinner C. B.. 7 acres Cleared 2 



acres choped over N.. F.. O 
The above Rights are all in y e Southeast Quarter of Monadnock 



N° 6 

N : B : H.. B.. for house Built.. F.. O for family on C. B. for 
Built N. H. B. for no house built N. F. O. for no Family on 

Original Grantees 

Names 
James Minotts Right 



Camp 



Eleazer Fair wells Right 



One Lot is Thought 
To be in y e Right 
of James Minot but 
not Certain — 



Tho s Blanchards Right- 



By whome owned y e N° of acres Cleard 

& worked on Houses Built & Familys on 

Jon a Nickols Lot N° 1 in y e 3 d range 7 

acres Cleared 7 acres Cut over, H.. B.. 

F. O 

H.. B.. 12 Cleared 22 acres Cut over 

N.. F.. O a Family has Resided there 3 

years owned by Breed Batchellor 

Benj Day Lots N° 2 in the 6 & N° 1 in y e 

7 th range H.. B.. on lot N° 2 in y e 6 th 

range 5 acres Cleared & 20 acres Cut over 

on y e Lot N° 1 in y e 7 th range 2 acres 

Cleared 8 acres Cut over W m Follet lives 

in y e house on y e Lot N° 2 in y e 6 th 

range 

Breed Batchellor owns Lot N° 1 in y e 

Sixth range N.. H.. B. 2 acres Cleared 20 

acres cut over 

W m Follet H.. Building on lot N° 2 in y e 
7 th range 12 acres Cleard 8 acres Cut over. 
Tho s Upham H.. B.. resident 6 acres 
Cleared 12 acres Cut over Lot N° 2 In the 
8 th range 

Abijah Brown Lot N° 2 in y e 9 th range H 
& Barn.. B.. F.. O.. 25 acres Cleard 10 
acres Cut over.. Elihu Higby Lot N° 2 in 
y e 10 th range 8 acres worked over 4 acres 
Cleared. John Frink 2 acres Cleared 7 
acres worked over 



NELSON. 



29 



Jn° Searles's Right — 



Eph m Adams's Right 



W m Calso's Right 



Sam 1 Searles 

Sam 1 Fersons Right 

James Quentons Right 
James Fersons Right 



Jos h Stanhope Lot N° 3 in y e 8 th range 
H.. B.. F.. O 20 acres Cleared 16 acres 
Worked over.. Elias Squire Lot N° 3 in 
y e 6 th range 2 acres Cleared 4 acres Cut 
Down N.. H.. B.. N.. F. O.. Stephen 
Treat on the same Lot 3 acres Cut Down 
N.. H.. B.. N.. F. O 

Jn° Eastabrooks Lot N° 3 in y e 10 th range 
5 acres Cleard 8 acres Cut Down N.. H.. 
B. N.. F.. O. Nath 1 Breed Owns Lots N° 
3 4 & 5 in the 9 th range and N° 4 in y e 10 
range one of s' 1 Lots is in the right of 
Sam 1 Searles Viz. Lot N° 5 in y e 9 th range 
H. B. F.. O 45 acres Cleared 15 acres 
Cut over, Benj a Nurse Lot N° 3, in y e 
12 th range 2 acres Cleared H.. B.. 10 acres 
worked over N.. F.. O — 
Wellmans H.. B 7 acres Cleared 2 acres 
Cut over N.. F.. O Jn° Stroud H.. B.. F.. 
O.. 7 acres Cleared 8 acres Choped over 
Abraham Griffith H.. B.. Resident 12' 
acres Cleard 6 acres Cut over, Ethimar 
Smith C. B. 3 acres Cut over 1 acre 
Cleared N. F. o 

Belongs to Breed Batchellor H & Mill. 
B.. 2 acres Cleared 5 acres Cut over Meet- 
ing house Built 5 acres partly Cleared C 
B. 1 acre Cleared 15 acres under Stuff cut 
Down Breed Batchellor 
Breed Batchellors H. & Barn. B. F. On, 
100 acres Cleared 60 acres sawed into 
Pasturing 7 acres Worked over Henry 
Beemus H.. B.. 3 acres Cleard 2 acre 
worked over N.. F.. O. James Phillips 
H.. B.. 8 acres Cleard 1 acre worked over 
Resident.. Jn° Libarvau H.. B. F,. O 12 
acres Cleared 5 acrs worked over John 
Davis li acre Cleard 2i worked over 
Resident Joseph Simons 8 acres Cleared — 



N B. the Persons on the Last three Rights (viz) Sam 11 Farson 
James Quenton & James Farson are in the South West Quarter 



30 CHARTER RECORDS. 

What is Contained on the Sheet is an account of the Settlers Resi- 
dents Houses & Camps Built Lands Cleared & worked over Except- 
ing Some small Peices not worth Mentioning Being in the Town of 
Monadnock N° 6. Taken at y e request of Geo. Jeffry Esq r Clerk To 
Masons Propriety which I have made according to the best of my 
Judgment and y e Information of those on y e Lands. Some I have 
omitted going over where there was nobody at work I Tooke the 
Judgement of those who were acquainted with what was done with 
respect to that those that I Could Depend on giveing them to under- 
stand that I Came at the request of the Lords Proprietors and I Ex- 
pected that they would not Impose upon me or their Honors by give- 
ing me a wrong account.. Impartially Taken the 11 th & 12 th Days of 

November 1773 

attest Josiah Willard 

Cheshire ss Keen Nov r 13 th 1773 

Josiah Willard Personally appeared and After Due Caution and 
Carefull Examination Made Solemn Oath that the foregoing Repre- 
sentation of the Setlers & Settlements in Monadnock N° 6 by him 
Subscribed; was Impartial; and according to the Best of his Judg- 
ment 

Before Sam Blodget Jus : peace 



[Testimony of Josiah Willard, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 20.] 

Josiah Willard of Keen at the Request of M r James Blanchard in 
behalf of the Proprietors of Masons Right was asked the Following 
Questions 

Q did you heare any of the Settlers of N° 6 make any Com- 
plaints against M r Breed Batchellor when you was Viewing thire 
Settlements and what there Complaints were 

A som said they looked on it that they were hardly Delt with for 
want of Roads as they could not go any where with a Cart and M r 
Bachellor or the Survayors would not let them work out thire Taxes 
on the Roads ; and Som said they Could not git to there houses with 
a horse 

Q did you here any of the Setlers say they had Requested M r 
Batchellor to work out thire Taxes on the Road 

A they said they had Requested it but was Refused the Liberty 

Q did you hear James Blanchard ask them the Reason why they 



NELSON. 31 

Signed a Recantation to the Governour that theire Complaints they 
Sent were Wrong 

A yes and they Repleyd M r Batchellor Told them they had 
signed a paper Contrary to Law and he would Summon them to 
Portsmouth and Saying it would undo them but If they would Sign a 
Recantation he would not hurt them and they ware poor and Just 
begining and was not Acquainted with it and that was the Reason 
why they signed the Recantation 

Cheshire ss Keen Nov r 14 th 1773 

Josiah Willard Personally appeared and after Due Caution & Care- 
full Examination Made Solem Oath that the foregoing Interroga- 
tories was Just and True 

Before Sam Blodget Jus : peace 



[Petition of Breed Batchellor, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 21.] 

May it Please your Excellency. 

The many and great favours I have already Recievd from your 
Excellency, and your Excellencys Known desire to have All men 
Rewarded according to their demerits, And your Excellencys wonted 
disposition to Investigate the Truth in All matters & more Especially 
in those that Concerns your Excellency, Emboldens me at this Time 
to trouble your Excellency with this letter Respecting Number Six. 
for it Appears to me the Blanchards are Endeavouring by Every 
Sinister method they Can Invent to destroy my Property and Repu- 
tation, for it now Appears that M r JafTrey at the Request of Mes rs 
Blanchard s , (which I Knew nothing of when I was at Portsmouth 
last,) had wrote to Major Willard of Keene, the Blanchards near 
Kinsman and an Inverate Enemy of mine to make a survey of What 
had been Actually done in N° 6. I won'd not be understood by your 
Excellency, to impeats M r JafTrey of any unfair dealing for I dont 
suppose that M r Jaffrey Knew any thing of the Affinity before men- 
tion'd or Major Willards unfriendlyness to me. In Consequence of 
which letter Major Willard with M r James Blanchard and M r 
Justice Blodgett to take Depositions Repaird to Number Six while I 
was with your Excellency at Portsmouth & made such a survey & 
Report as they thot proper a Copy of Which I have Inclosed to your 
Excellency & Beg leave to suggest to your Excell y that this Account 
was taken Exparte & by Maj Willard Riding thro the Town only as 



32 CHARTER RECORDS. 

I am mform'd. They have also taken sundry depositions to prove 
my unfair dealings with the People that Signd the Recantation with 
Regard to the Remonstrance that was some time since preferd to 
your Excell y and also some Depositions to prove that y e Taxes 
granted by the Proprietors were workd oat on my farm, with Respect 
to my unfair dealing with the People I Can procure sundry deposi- 
tions to prove the Contrary from Men of Reputable Characters and I 
immagine from the People themselves who signd the Recantation 
tho' I have not seen any of them Since my Return. And I Can 
likewise procure Depositions from Reputable Men to prove that 
James Blanchard offerd them large sums of money to pay me what 
they Respectively owed me so as to Induce them not to sign a 
Petition in my favour. — and also, I Can procure sundry depositions to 
prove that when Maj Willard & M r Blanchard were upon the afores cl 
Survey Sundry Persons Came to Number Six to purchase Lands of me 
and in my Absence they Discouraged them telling them that I had 
no Right to the Lands & that they wou'd all Revert to the Propri- 
etors which Induced them to leave the Town & purchase Els- 
where — And with Regard to the Proprietors money being Expended 
on my Farm, I beg leave to make this Answer the Witnesses that 
have deposed in this Particular are Abijah Brown and Nathaniel 
Breed who have not deposed all they Know but only part, because 
M r Blanchard Refused to have any thing wrote Except what wou'd 
make for him. the Witnesses aforesaid Refused to depose for a long 
time unless all they had to say with Regard to the Affair Coud be 
wrote, but the Justice told them that unless they would depose as 
they Requested he woud make Report of their Conduct to your 
Excellency & Rather than be Complained of to your Excellency as 
Obstinate & bad Inhabitants as they Supposed they should be Rep- 
resented they were Induced to depose only what they did which will 
Appear by their Depositions the said Brown & Breed stand ready 
to make Oath to the Truth of what is above written and also that 
the Occasion of their working on my land was because they were 
unable to pay their taxes in money and that out of Pity to them I 
sufferd them to pay their Taxes in Labour, for if y e Taxes had been 
paid in money, it was to have Come to me to have paid me for my 
Service in laying out the Town — 

I now pray your Excellency to Entertain of me the Same favoura- 
ble Opinion that your Excell y Seem'd to manifest when I was at 
Portsmouth last til I Can have Opportunity to Appear before your 
Excellency to Exculpate myself of those charges that will probably 
be laid before Your Excellency, and in the Mean time I will 
Endeavour to procure two or more disinterested Persons Men of Rep- 



NELSON. 33 

utation within the County & Well Known to Your Excell y to Repair 
to Number Six take a survey thereof Enquire Concerning the Prem- 
isses in Every Particular & Report to your Excell y as they shall 
think Right or do anything Else that your Excellency shall 

direct. 

S r I am with the greatest Respect 
Your Excellency most 

Devoted Hum le Servant. 

Breed Batcheller 
N° 6. Nov r 18. 1773. 
To his Excell y Governor Wentworth 



[Deposition of Abijah Brown, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 28.] 

To the Proprietors of Mason patent — These are to Certify That on 
the twelveth day of november Last Samuel Bloget and m r James 
Blanchard Came to the town of Monaednock N° Six and Said they 
were Sent by the Govern eur and the Lords Proprietors to Give my 
oath with others relating to what I Knew Conserning Monadnock N° 
6, and Ensine Breed Batcheler. But as Esq 1 ' Bloget was a Strainger 
to me and m r Blanchard no friend to the town Ship I was not free to 
Make oath as they produced no authorithy from the Lords Proprie- 
tors, but I freely told them what I Knew — But m r Bloget Said he 
would make Return to the Governeur that I Despised authority and 
Said that I was Likly to bee Imprisoned or pay a Large fine or Both, 
I told him I was Ready at his Excellency request to go to Portmouth 
and Make oath to what I Knew Relating the affair — But when I 
inquired of m r Bloget of his orders that he owned that he Came on 
m r Blanchard Desire, But m r Blanchard Said that the Lords proprie- 
tors Sent him, on with m r Blanchard Set Down and wrote two question 
the Purport as follows first whether I Ever worked out uiy Tax or Ever 
Knew of any others that Did work out their Tax on m r Batcheller 
Land, and weather I Ever heard any person Say that they whare 
uneasy with m r Batcheller for not filling up the town, or Mention 
any thing of Petioning to the Lords Proprietors before m r James 
Blanchard got the people to Sign a petition of Complent against the 
propritors of Said N° 6, and Ensine Batcheller on wich the Said 
Bloget adminestread to me an ooth to the above Questions to the first 
3 



34 CHARTER RECORDS. 

I ansured four Dolars was Due to me from m r Batcheller for work, 
which was of Set towards the Taxes that was Due to him for Laying 
out the town Ship as to the Second Question I ansured according to 
the Best of my Remembrance I had heard of Sums mentioning of 
Complaining but by them that Did not intend it as I immagin and I 
have no Reason to think that any was unesay about it till mowed by 
m r Blanchard — M r Bloget Said the ansewers where Reather yea then 
nay and So Set them Down yes under the Questions and I Desired 
Esq 1 Bloget to Set the ansewers Down under the Questions as I Gave 
them he Said he had Minuted them and Should Draw them when he 
had time 

The Same day maj r willard of Keen Came into the town Ship of 
Monadnock N° 6, and he Said that he was requesed by the Lords 
Proprietors to take accounts of the Setlements and the people that 
were in the town witch Surweay he took Cheafly as he pased by in 
the Road through the town, and he Refused to go ower the forms of 
Seaveral of the Inhabitants when Desired to my Certain Nolege, and 
as to those that where at Distance from the Road he Inquired of me 
and others and Set them Down as he thought fit Sum of them much 
under what I Judge them to be — also Several persons and houses and 
Sundry pieces of Land wich there is no mention made to George 
Juffrey Esq r in his Return and Several of the persons have been in 
the town for Seaveral years that is not to be found in maj r willard 
Return 

further more I was with m r Batcheller when Sundry of those that 
had Signed the petition against the proprietors of Monadnock N° 6, 
and m r Batcheller when they Signed a Recentation of what they had 
before Signed to his Excellency and I never heard m r Batcheller 
threten them in the Least but Said that he did not want them to Sign 
unless they where Convinced that they had Don wrong in Signg Said 
petition 

Abijah Browne 

Cheshire ss monadnock (No 6) Decemb r y e 2 th 1773 

Abijah Brown Personaly appeared .and after Due Caution made 

Solemn oath that the within & above by him Signed was the whole 

truth So far as had Cum to his Remembrance 

before Tho s Frink Just Peace 

[A duplicate of this on page 22 of the manuscript volume is 
addressed to the Governor. Ed.] 



NELSON. 35 

[Statement of Joseph Stanhope and Beriah Wetmore, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 29.] 

May it Please the Proprietors of Masons Grant this is to Let You 
Know that when Sundry Persons Signd the Recantation to the Com- 
plaint that they had Signed to the Governor against the Proprietors 
of Monadnock N° 6 & M r Breed Batchellor we Did Not hear M r 
Batchellor threaten them in the Least but on the Contrary he told 
them that he Would Not have them Sign Back Except they were 
Convinced that what they had Signed to in the Petition was falce he 
would have them stand to it & Not sign the Recantation by any 
Means 

1138887 i™?} I^p 6 

Beriah Wetmore 

Cheshire ss Monadnock (No 6) Decemb r y e 2 th 1773 

Joseph Stanhope & Beriah Whetmore Personaly appeared & after 

Due Caution made Sollemn oath that the above by them Signed was 

the truth & the whole Truth 

before me Tho s Frink Just Peace 

[A duplicate of this on page 23 of the manuscript volume is 
addressed to the Governor. Ed.] 



\_Statement of Aaron Beal and William Follet, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 24.] 

To the Proprietors of Masons Grant 

this is to Let You Know that whereas it is Reported that M r Breed 
Batchellor Scared Us to Sign the Recantation to the Governor in Regard 
to the Complaint we Signed against Monadnock N° 6 and M r Breed 
Batcheller that the Said Batchellor Said he would Not have us Sign 
the Recantation to the Governor if we ware Not Convinced that the 
Petition we had signed was Rong 

Aaron Beel 
William Follet 

Cheshire ss monadnock (No 6) Decemb 1 ' y e 2 th 1773 
Aaron Beel & William Follet Personaly appear 11 & after Due 
Caution made Solemn oath that the above by them Signed was the 
whole truth So far as had Cum to theire Remembrance 

Before Tho s Frink Just Peace 



36 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[A duplicate of this on page 23 of the manuscript volume is 
addressed to the Governor. Ed.] 



[Deposition of Nathaniel Breed, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 25.] 

To the Proprietors of Masons Grant So Called &c Gentelmen — 
on or about the Twelvth Day of Novemb r 1773 Samuel BlodgetEsq r 
& m r James Blanchard Came to my house and said they waire Sent 
by y e governor & Proprietors of masons grant to take my oath with 
others Relative to what I Knew Conserning the affairs of monadnock 
(No 6) & the proceedings of Ensine Breed Batchelors in S d town of 
(No 6) Justice Blodget being a Stranger to me & m r Blanchard no 
frind to y e township 1 was not free to make oath as they Prodused no 
authority from his Exelency or the Proprietors afore mentioned, but 
I freely told them what I Knew, but m r Blodget Said he would make 
a Return to the governor that I Dispised authorrity and Say s that I 
was Likely to be Impprisoned or Pay a Large fine or both I told him 
I was Ready on his Exelency s Request to appear at Poartsmouth and 
make oath to all I Knew Conserning the affairs of (No 6) & when I 
Interrogated m r Blodget about his orders & what they waire that he 
had from the Governor he owned he Came onley on m r Blanchards 
Desier : m r Blanchard Immediate Said that the Governor Sent him ; 
on which Blanchard Set Down & wrote two questions the Purport as 
followeth Viz 1 st Did you Ever work oute your taxes or Know any 
body Elce working oute theire taxes on m r Batchelors Land 2 ly Did 
you Ever heare any Person Say they waire unezey with m r Batchelors 
for not filling up the township with Setlors or theire making any 
Complaint to y e Proprietors of masons Pattent against S d Batchelor 
before m r James Blanchard had got the Peapol to Sign a Complaint 
against the Proceedings of m r Batchelor & the Inhabitants of S d 
township on which Justice Blodget administered to me an oath to 
answer to y e above questions to the first I answered I never worked 
out my highway tax on m r Batchelors Land but oneley what was Due 
to m r Batchelor for Laying oute the township as to y e Second question 
I answerd I Could not be Certain but had Some thoughts that About 
a year ago I heard a woman Complain for want of Neighbours and 
Asked if a Complaint was Sent against m r Batchelor it would not 
Conduse thereto: Justice Blodget Say s y e answers are yeather yea 
than nay & So Set it Down yea under y e questions : I Desiered Jus- 
tice Blodget to Set Down my answers as I gave then but he Refused 



NELSON 



37 



& neglected to Do it — on the above S d Day major willard came to 
my house & Said he was Sent by y e Proprietors of masons grant to 
take accompt of the Settelments in (No 6) & asked how much I had 
Cleared or Chopt over Desiered him to go & View my farmn he Re- 
fused & said he would not go over for my whole farmn he Insisted on 
my telling I then told he Set Down Ten acres Less than I told him or 
Supposed I had Likewise he asked me whether I had any Knowledge 
of Sundry other farms in the town for he Said he Could not go to all 
the Places off from the Roads & Insisted on my telling him how much 
their was on Six or Eight Lott I told him I Did not Know about Sev- 
eral of y e Places he further Insisted on my Saying when I told him 
Possibli So much he Set it Down withoute any further accompt or 
Viewing & I think he Set Down Several Places in the town much 
under what they had Cleared and according to the Coppy of Maj r 
Willard Survay Return d to S d Proprietors of masons grant which I 
have Seen he Left oute Several Places that have ben work on & 
Likewise Sundry Settlers that are on & have ben on Several years & 
Likewise one I told him of that he Did not Return & Sundry Dwell- 
ing housen — 

Nath 11 Breed 

Cheshire ss Monadnock (No 6) DecemV y e 2 th 1773 
Natha el Breed Personaly appeared & after Due Caution made Sol- 
emn oath that the above by him Signed was the whole truth So far as 
had Cum to his Rembrance 

Tho s Frink Just Peace 

[A duplicate of this on page 32 of the manuscript volume is 
addressed to the Governor. Ed.] 



[Statement of Beriali Wetmore, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 27.] 

To the Proprietors of Masons Grant — 

this is to Let You Know that I heard M r Batcheller Say to the 
Signers of the Petition or Complaint against M r Batcheller that the 
Governor would send for them it was Likely & if Not he would Peti- 
tion to his Excellency to do it and No Doubt he would Do it but ac- 
ording to the best of My Remembrance he Said it after they had 
Signed it Except M r adams — 



$8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Likewise about the 12 th of Nov r Last Esq 1 ' Blodgit & M r James 
Blanchard Came to No Six and Demanded Me to answer On Oath to 
what Questions m r James Blanchard had writ Down & Esq r Blodgit 
said it Was to favour Us that the Governor Did Not send for Us to 
Portsmouth the Question M r Blanchard Rote was whether I heard 
M r Batchellor threatten the People that signed the Complaint against 
M r Batchellor if they would Not Recant the Complaint against him 
to which I answered I Did Not hear him threaten them on which Esq r 
Blodgit Said the Oath was Rather Yea then Nay & Set it Down Yea 
Under the Question 

Beriah Wet more 

Cheshire ss monadnock (No 6) Decemb r y e 2 th 1773 

Beriah Whetmore Personaly appeared and after Due Caution made 

Solemn oath that the above by him Signed was the whole truth so far 

as had Cum to his Rembrance 

before Tho s Frink Just Peace 

[A duplicate of this on page 26 of the manuscript volume is 
addressed to the Governor. Ed.] 



[Statement of John Stroud to Masonian Proprietors, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 27.] 

To the Proprietors of Masons grant &c 

Gentelmen 

this is to Inform you that m r James Blanchard was in the Town- 
ship of (N° 6) Asked me to Sign a Petion to S d Proprietors which 
was Send to the Proprietor of masons Grant against the Town of 
(no 6) & Ensine Breed Batchelor and offerd me money to y e 
amount of upwards of Twenty Pounds Lawfull money if would not 
Sign in favour of S d Batchelor & also he told me that Batchelor 
Land would all be taken away from him & given to them that Signed 
the Petition in his favour against Batchelor 

John Stroud 

Cheshire ss monadnock (No 6) Decemb r y e 2 th 1773 

John Stroude Personaly appeared and after Due Caution made 

Solemn oath that the above by him Signed was the whole Truth So 

far as had Cum to his Remembrance 

before Tho s Frink Just Peace 



NELSON. 39 

[Statement of John Stroud to Governor, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 29.] 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r 

May it Please y r Excelency — 

This is to inform your Excellencey M 1 ' James Blanchard was in the 
Township of N° 6 & Asked me to Sign a petition to y e Excellencey 
which was Sent to y r Excellencey against the town of (N° 6) & 
Ensine Breed Batchelor but I Declined Signing for him & that the S d 
Blanchard Said he would not have me Sign a Petition to y r Excel- 
lencey in favour of Batchelor & offer d to Let me have money to the 
amount of upwards of Twenty pounds Lawfull money if I would not 
Sign S d Batchelors Petition to y r Excellencey in his favour & allso 
he told me that Batchelor 3 Land would all be taken away & given 
to them that Signed the Petition to your Excellency against S' 1 Batch- 
elor in his favour 

John Stroud 

Cheshire ss monadnock (N° 6) Decemb r y e 2 th 1773 

John Stroud Personaly appeard and after Due Caution made 

Solemn oath the above by him Signed was the whole truth So far as 

had Cum to his Rembrance 

before Tho s Frink Just Peace 



[James Blanchard to George Jaffrey, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 30.] 

Dunstable 6 th Dec r 1773 
Worthy Sir 

I have Been to Monad k N° 6 and have Completed the Business 
Requested ty the Proprietors and Shall bring the Papers to Ports- 
mouth when the General Court Sits, the Gentlemen Who Went 
With me will be at Portsmouth then, & Will be Better Able to Give 
the Prop rs a Better Account than Can be given Any other Way M r 
Batchellor is Creating Materials to Exculpate himself by Deceiving 
and Imposing on the Governor & the Proprietors ; that JShou'd you 
give Credit to his Depositions which are mad & Extorted you will 
Afterwards find you have been Deceived ; there is Twenty Six 
Rights Now Delinquent ; and the plan M r Batchellor Returned & the 
Lines Described to be run ; are not Done, (as I am Informed from 



40 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the Settlers) Only on M r Batchellers own Land and the Lines Round 
the Township) ; (Tis True) he has not Run the Lines of my Rights 
as Described on the plan Notwithstanding he has Appropriated a 
Considerable Sum for the Survey — I have Inclosed a Copy of One 
Deposition As a Specimen of his Conduct the other Depositions Were 
Sealed up and Directed to your Honour by the Justice before I had 
an Opportunity to Take a Copy — if it Shou'd be Convenient I Shall 
be Glad if you woud Com'unicate the Inclosed to the Proprietors 

I am Sir Most Dutifuly and most Respectfully Y r Oblidged Hum- 
ble Serv — 

James Blanchard 

To the Hon ble George Jaffrey Esq 



[Deposition of James Bancroft^ 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 81.] 

I James Bancroft of Monadnock N° Six Do Testify and Say that I 
have been Well Knowing to its being the General Complaint from 
the Settlers in s d N° 6 against M r Breed Batchelor for Carying the 
major vote & voting the m° for his own Services & the Road not 
made & they said they wou'd be Glad to Complain to the Gov r for 
Relief if they Could (for this two Years past) & I Requested of M r 
Batcheller (who Protended to be the Surveyor) to work out my 
Taxes on the Roads and m r Batcheller said (I Sware none of 
Blanchards men Shall have the liberty but they shall pay the M° & 
I will Make the Roads my Self) & I paid my Taxes ^ James 
Blanchard) and Sometime in Octo r Last M r Batcheller Came to me 
and said I had Signed a Paper Contrary to Law and the Proprietors 
had a Good Right to Send for any one y fc had signed & Take them 
Singularly & make them pay the Cost & it wou'd Cost them a Great 
Deal ; & if the People woud Recant & Sign he woud Give them a 
Barrel of rum & I was well Knowing to its being Generally said 
that the Settlers Were Threatened by m r Batchellor and that was 
the Reason they Signed the Recantation & I have been Will Know- 
ing to all the Work Done on the Road & I am very Certain that 
it has not Cost £12.. 0.. L 11 M° at a Reasonable Rate for Laying out 
and Clearing all the Roads in the South East Quarter and I heard 
(W m Follet Say) M r Batchellor Requested him to Make Oath that 
the Day he Signed the Recantation he m r Batchellor Did not 
Threatten him but that M r Batchellor had before said that Unless he 



NELSON. 



41 



Did Sign he woud Sue him & Tare him in Pieces & he was Oblidged 
to Sign it and all the Persons that I Know (or Ever heard) that 
Live in the North East Quarter Called Batcheller Quarter are 
Nath 11 Breed Abijah Brown Joseph Stanhope John Stroud W in 
Follet Jos : Nichols Abram Griffin & Tho s Upham and Several 
others I have been Knowing to & have heard have began Got Dis- 
couraged and are Gone off 

Farth r Saith Not James Bancroft 

A True Copy 

Sworn before Rob* Fletcher J. Peace 

[A duplicate of this on page 33 of the manuscript volume has the 
following additions :] 

Province of New Hamp r ) Dunstable Decem r 7 th 1773 
County of Hillsbor \ Then the Subscriber To the foregoing 

Deposition James Bancroft Personally Appearing Made Solomn 
Oath to the Truth of the above & within Deposition before me 

Rob* Fletcher J s P s 

N B the Persons Above Mentioned who Live or M r Batchellors 
Quarter ar Six families & two Single men who Work there at 
Times 

M r Batchellor Himself Lives at the South West Corner of the 
Town Adjoining to Keene 



[Breed Batchellor to Theodore Atkinson, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 34.] 

may it pleas your Honour & the Gentlemen of masons Grant, the 
Last time I had the Pleasure of Being in your Company was not Long 
Sense, which was when I was making my Defence against m r Blanch- 
ard In Regard of the Complaint against the Proprietors of monad- 
nock N° 6, and my Self — for not fullfilling the Conditions of Settle- 
ment as was Repersented by m r Blanchard. — and Knowing that your 
Desire is to have all men Rewarded according to there Demerit and 
your Honours wonted Disposition to Investigate the truth in all mat- 
ters and more Especally in those that Conserns your Honour and the 
Gentlemen of masons Proprietors — Emboldens me at this time to 
Trouble your Honour and the Proprietors afore said with this Letter 
Respecting monadnock N° 6, for it appears to me the Blanchards are 
Endeavering by Every sinister methord they Can Invent to Destroy 



42 CHARTER RECORDS. 

my Property and Reputation for it apears now that m r JafTrey at the 
Request of mes rs Blanchards which I knew nothing of to be Certain 
when I was at Portsmouth had wrote to maj r willard of Keene the 
Blanchards Near Kinsman and an Inverate Enemy of mine to make a 
survey of what had been actually Done in N° 6. I would not be 
understood by your Honour and the Gentlemen of masons Patent to 
Impeach m r Jaffrey of any unfair Dealings for I Dont Suppose that 
m 1 ' Jaffrey Knew any thing of the affinity before mentioned or maj r 
willards unfriendlyness to me — 

In Consequence of which Letter maj r willard with m r James Blanch- 
ard and m r Justice Blodget to Take Depositions Repared to N° 6 
while I was at Portsmouth and made such a Survey and Report as they 
Thought Proper, which Depositions taken by m r Justice Blodget and 
maj 1 ' willards Return of the Settlements of Said N° 6, I Sopose you 
have Received before now. which S rs I think was Very ungenerous in 
taking it in my absence in the form they Proceeded — I have here In- 
closed Sundry Depositions to Shew the Proseedings of m r Justice 
Blodget maj r willard & m r Blanchard on the affair above mentioned. 
I therefore Humbly pray that your Honour and the Gentlemen afores d 
would take the Depositions on the affair into your wise Considera- 
tion — and When you have Vewed them with maj r willards Return I 
Doubt not but your Honour & Gentlemen will think with me that 
there Proseedings are Errigular — and that the Survey of No. 6, is not 
taken as it ought to have been taken, and the Depositions Shews m r 
Blanchards Spite and malice on the affair — and Likewise m r Justice 
Blodgets New Fashoned way of Takeing Depositions I therefore now 
pray your Honour & the Gentlemen afore said, that the affairs of s d 
Number Six may be put of till the Spring of the year, as it is to Late 
for a Committee Properly to take a Survey of N° 6, this wenter and 
then I will Endeavor to Procure two or more Desinterested Persons 
men of Reputation Viz, maj r Ben j a Bellows of walpole and Leiu* Benj a 
Hoit Representative for Keene, or any other that you Shall Judge 
Proper to Repare to N° 6, take a Survey thereof Inquireing Consern- 
ing the Premises in Every Particular, and Report to your Honour and 
the Gentlemen aforesaid as they Shall think Right, or Do any thing 
Else that your Honour Shall Direct. 

m r Blanchard has Reported that he will Return the Right of Samp- 
son French Delinquent and Git a Grant to him Self of S d Right — I 
would Beg the Favor of your Honour and the Gentleme afore Said 
that there may not be any Grant made of it to him — for the Greater 
part of S d Right is my Property by Deed — 

I therefore Humbly pray that your Honour would be So Kind as to 
Lay this Letter with the Depositions before the Gentlemen Proprie- 
tors, at your Next meeting — - 



NELSON. 



43. 



which Kindness I Shall Esteem as a Great Favor 
S r I am with the Greatest your Honours most Devoted Humb. 
Serv 4 

Breed Batcheller 
monadnock N° 6, Dec r 11 th 1773— 
To the Honourable Theodore Atkinson Esq r 



[Statement of Thomas Upham to Grovemor, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 35.] 

may it Pleas your Excellency. 

this is to Certifie to your Excellency that I was Present with Ensign 
Breed Batcheller, when Sundry of those Persons Signed the Recanta- 
tion to your Excellency. In Regard of the Complaint against the 
Proprietors of monadnock N° 6, & Said Batcheller, & the said Batch- 
eller Shewed them wherein they had Signed to Fallhoods against the 
Settlements of s d N° 6, & him Self — and Said that he would not have 
them Sign the Recantation to your Excellency, that unless they ware 
Convinced, that the Complaint to your Excellency against S d N° 6 & 
s d Batcheller was Rong and Fallse 

Thomas upham 

Cheshire ss Keene y e 13 th of Decernb 1 1773 

Thomas Upham Personaly appeared and after Due Caution made 
Solemn oath that the above by him Signed was the whole truth so far 
as had Cum to his Remembrance 

before Tho s Frink Just Pacis 



[Statement of Thomas Upham to Masonian Proprietors, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 35.] 

To the Proprietors of masons Grant. — 

Gentlemen This is to Certifie that whereas it is Reported by m r 
James Blanchard as I heard that Ensign Breed Batcheller Scart those 
Persons that Signed the Recantation to his Excellency In Regard of 
the Complaint against the Proprietors of Monadnock N° 6, & said 
Batcheller and the s d Batcheller Shewed them wherein they had 
Signed to Fallshoods against the s d N° 6 & him Self & said that he 
would not have them Sign the Recantation to his Excellency, that 
unless they ware Convinced that the Complaint against s d N° 6, & s d 
Batcheller was Ronge & False 

Thomas upham 



44 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Cheshire ss Keene y e 13 th of Decemb r 1773— 

Thomas Upham Personaly appeard and after Due Caution made 
Solemn oath that the above by him Signed was the whole truth So 
far as had Cum to his Remembrance 

before Tho s Frink Just Peace 



[ Condition of Settlements, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 36.] 

A Survey of the South East Quarter of Monadnock No. 6 



Names of the origi- 
nal Grantees 



Settlers Names 



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13 


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Jon 11 Kendals 
Right . 

Jos 

Tho s McLawlin 
Right . . 



Danfords Right 



Alexand r Park 9 Right 
Josiah Park 8 Right . 

Rob* Park 3 Right 



John Hutchinsons 
Right . . . 
Benj n French 8 Right 
John Chamberlanes 



James Miller 



David Marshall 
James Blanchard 

Phins Stanford 

Eleaz r Twichel 
Jos. Stanford 
John Adams 
Aaron Beels 
Philip Bilhash 
Jo s Mason 

Jn° Farwell 
Jn° Newell 
Jn° Spiny 

Jos h Stanford 

James Bancroft 

Sam 1 Averett 
Beriah Whitmore 



2 


8 


9 
o 


3o 
8 


5 
8 


5 


20 


7 


7 


3 


15 


10 


I 2 

9 


15 
6 


12 


10 


6 


3 


4 


2 


2 





O 


13 


7 
o 


1 

6 


20 


14 


3 
6 


15 
1 


12 


6 


7 


2 



Pole House & Family 

Camp 

Camp 

Family 

Board House 

Pole House & Family 

Pole House & Family 

Board House & Residant. 

Pole House & Family 

Pole House & Family 

Board House & Family 

Gristmill 

Board House & Family 

Pole House & Family 

Board House & Family 

Camp — 

Pole House & Family. 

Board House & Family 

Pole House & Family 
Pole House & Family 
Camp 



NELSON. 

A Survey of the South west Quarter of Monadnock N° 6. 



45 



Names of the Origi- 
nal Grantees 



Settlers Names 



S o 



James Ouentons 
Righf . . 

Sam 1 ! Farsons 
Right : . 



Henry Bemus 
John Davis 
Joseph Simons 
Jon n Libervau 
James Philips 
Breed Bachellor 



3 


2 


2 


2 


6 





13 


5 


7 


i 


55 


30 



Pole House 



Pole House & Family 
Pole House & Family 
Board House & Family 



The North west Quorter of Monadnock No. 6 is not yet laid out — 
neither is there any Settlement. 

The Survey of the different Parts of Monadnock No. 6, was made 
on the 11 th 12 th 13 th 14 th 15 th & 17 th Days of Jonuery 1774 by Me 

Ephraim Heald 

A Survey of the North East Quorter of Monadnock N° 6. 



Mens Names 























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W m Follet 



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Lots 

Lot 
Lot 



Tho 8 Upham . 
Abijah Brown 



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Jos h Stanhope 

Nathan 1 Breed . . . 

Nathi Breed Minor aged 20 

Jonas Breed Minor aged 16 
Lot 

Welmons Lot .... 

Abraham Griffin .... 

John Stroud 

Lot 
Lot 

Lot 



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3 


7 


7 


2 


7 


12 


7 


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20 


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I I 


4 ? 

5 S 


12 


20 


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6 


5 


12 


I 


7 


2 


4 


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8 


6 


12 


2 


9 


20 


10 


2 


10 


4 


10 


3 


8 


18 


15 


4 


10 


3° 


10 


4 


9 


10 


4 


5 


9 


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3 


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2 


5 


8 


7 


2 


4 


5 


11 


5 


4 


7 


7 


7 


4 


6 


1 


3 


5 


12 


8 


3 


5 


11 


1 


10 



Pole House & Family 
Pole House & Family 

Double Pole House 
Board House 

Pole House & Residant 
Board House & Family 

Pole House & Family 

) Double Pole House & Family 

£ & a Resident 

Residant 

Pole House & Residant 

Pole House 

Pole House & Family 

Pole House 

Pole House Sawmill & Meeting 

House 
Camp. 



46 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Pursuant to the Request of the Proprietors of the Lands purchased 
of John Tufton Mason Esq in the Province of New Harapshere to 
Preambulate and View the Tract of Land or Township known by the 
name of Manadnock Number Six & to survey and View what Land 
was clear'd & Cultivated & Settlements made and what buildings 
were on said Tract and the Number of Settlers on said Tract, I have 
Perambulated and Viewed said Tract and do report that all the Land 
Cleared and Cultivated and Settlements made and the buildings on 
said Tract, are describd on this sheet of paper and on what part of 
the said Tract of Land and on whose Rights or Lotts they are made 
and what Settlers are thereon according to best observation I could 
make and do make return thereof accordingly Portsmouth Jan y 21 st 
1774— 

Ephraim Heald 

Province of New Hampshire ) Portsm Jan? 21 st 1774 Then per- 
Rockingham — ss — ( sonally appeared before me the 

above named Ephraim Heald and made Solem oath to the truth of 
the above written Return by him made and Subscribed — 

James Stoodly Jus pac 



[Petition of Breed Batchellor, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 37.] 

To the Gentlemen Proprietors of masons Grant or the Grantors 
of the Township of monadnock N° 6. — 

The Petition of Breed Batcheller for & in Behalf of the Proprietors 
of Said N° 6— 

1 Humbly Pray the Gentlemen Grantors afore Said that the Gran- 
tees of Said monadnock N° 6 may have one year to Compleat the 
Settling Duties in with my Giving a Bond to Preform the Settling 
Duties in one year 

2 ndly if the above Request is not Consented to he the S d Batcheller 
Humbly Pray that there may be a New Committee appointed to Take 
a New Survey of S d N° 6 Next Spring if Done at the S d Batchellers 
Expence as there is Sundry Settlements Left out and not Returnd 
Gentlemen all of which is most Humbly Submited to your wise De- 
termination — not Doubting but that you will Consider my Case & 
grant me my Request — 

I am Gentlemen with the Greatest Respects 

your most Humble Serv fc 

Portsmouth Feb r 16 th 1774 Breed Batcheller 



NELSON. 47 

[Time for Settlement Extended, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 38.] 

Whereas M r Breed Bachellor Agent for the Proprietors of town of 
Monadnock N° six hath given his note bearing even date with these 
Presents for the sum of One hundred Pounds -Lawful Mony Payable 
to George Jaffery Esq r for the use of the Masonian Proprietors in 
Consideration that said Masonian Proprietors allow two Years from 
this date to Compleat the Settlement of said town agreeable to the 
Charter granted by said Masonian Proprietors, We the Subscribers 
ingage in behalf of said Proprietors that said Charter shall be 
Lngthen'd out two Years from this date otherwise the Contents of s rt 
note shall not be demanded 

Portsm y e 18 th Feb y 1774 D. Rogers \ 

a Copy — John Penhallow > Committee 

W m Whipple ) 



[Charter Renewed, 1774.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Feb. 23, 1774.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth February 23 d 1774 Wednesday three 
New Hampsh r j of the Clock afternoon The Proprietors meet ac- 
cording to adjournment — 

Whereas Breed Bacheller as Agent for the Grantees of a tract of 
land called Manadnock Number Six, hath given a note of hand promis- 
ing to pay to George Jaffrey Esq r for the use of the Masonian Proprie- 
tors, the Sum of one hundred pounds lawfull money, in one year from 
the 18 th day of February 1774 with lawfull Interest till paid — which 
Sum was intended as a Consideration for Damage the Grantors of 
Said Tract of land Sustained, by the Grantees aforesaid, not comply- 
ing with and performing the Terms and Conditions of the Grant of 
Said Tract of land — upon the Prayer and Request of the Said Bach- 
eller, as agent for Said Grantees — and other Considerations, it is re- 
solved — and therefore Voted that the Grantees of the Tract of land 
Monadnock Number Six aforesaid, and Such as hold under them — 
are allowed, and hereby is granted to them the Space of two years 
from the 18 th day of February aforesaid, to do and perform all mat- 
ters and things conditioned to be done in the Said Grant of Manad- 
nock Number Six — and at the Expiration of y e two years hereby grant- 
ed for the compleating and performing all the Terms conditioned to be 



48 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



performed in Said Manadnock Number Six, in Said Grant mentioned 
— if any Neglect or Omission of the performance or complying with 
any Article or Term of said Grant — then the forfeiture and reversion 
mentioned in Said Grant, to be in full force and Effect, as tho this 
Vote had not passed — 



[Reserved Lots in Nelson, 1774.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Feb. 23, 1774.] 

Whereas the twenty Shares reserved by y e Grantors, in their Grant 
of the Tract of land called Manadnock number Six, for their use, and 
for publick uses — are not Severed to each Proprietors share, but three 
Shares are marked for the publick use of Said Town, and delineated on 
the Plan of said Monadnock Number Six in Ranges & Lotts — Voted that 
the two Lotts laid out for each Proprietor or Grantor's Right or share 
be now drawn for at this meeting, and that the two Lotts drawn to each 
Proprietors Right, be entered and recorded as drawn, and that the same 
Lotts as entered to each Proprietors Right or share, shall be the sev- 
erance and determination of the Respective right or share of each 
Proprietor, of the Reservation in said Manadnock Number Six and 
that three Shares for publick uses for the Town be not drawn for, but 
entered in this Record, as they were Severed and noted in the Plan of 
the Said twenty reserved shares — 

The Draft of the Proprietors Lotts of their Reservation in the 
Tract of Land called Manadnock Number Six, and entry of the Lotts 
reserved for publick Uses in Said Town 



drawn 1 st To the Right of John Rindge 
9d Law Lot N° 1 



N 



3 

4 

5 

6 

7 

8 

9 

10 

11 

12 

13 



B Ian chard Meserve & c 
George Jaffrey Esq r 
Jotham Odiorne Esq r 
John Moffatt Esq 1 " 
Thomas Walingford Esq 
Law Lot N° 2 
Richard Wibird Esq r 
Solley and March 
Thomlinson & Mason 
Joshua Peirce Esq 1 
Peirce and Moore 



Lots Range Lots Range 


> 1 


in 


4 


N c 


3 


in 


11 


4 


in 


4 


N° 


4 


in 


6 


2 


— 


4 


N° 


2 


— 


5 


5 


— 


4 


N° 


5 


— 


5 


1 


— 


5 


N° 


1 


— 


6 


3 


— 


10 


N° 


5 


— 


9 


r 2 


— 


6 


N° 


4 


— 


8 


4 


— 


9 


N° 


2 


— 


11 


4 


— 


7 


N° 


3 


— 


9 


3 


— 


8 


N° 


2 


— 


10 


1 


— 


10 


N° 


1 


— 


11 


2 


— 


8 


N° 


4 


— 


11 


3 


— 


4 N° 


4 


— 


4 



NELSON. 



49 



14 
15 
16 
17 



Theodore Atkinson Esq 
Mark H g Wentworth Esq r 5 
Thomas Packer Esq 1 ' 
John Wentworth Esq 
first Ministers Lotts 
Ministerial Lotts 
School Lotts 



1 — 


9 


N° 


2 


— 


9 


r 5 — 


6 


N° 


5 


— 


7 


1 — 


7 


N° 


2 


— 


7 


3 — 


6 


N° 


3 


— 


7 


5 — 


10 


N° 


5 


— 


11 


1 — 


8 


N° 


5 


— 


8 


3 -— 


5 


N° 


4 


— 


10 



[PZ<m of Reserved Lotts.] 



E IC°S V We 



2? 


9 
S 


9 


*l 




39 

6' 

jm. 




f 




9 
1 


99 
V 


71 W- 


99 


% 


u. 

vr 


99 , 

v r 

i 


^ 
4 




9 
J 


99 
3 


99 

3 


9 
J 

7? FT 


J"77T 




3? 


9 

z 


9 

2 


9 

-2 


3 


3 

j. 


2 




99 

i 


99 

I 


$ 

1 


39 

/ 


I s 

a / s 


99 
/ 


99 
/ 


9 
/ 



VW^ ^ 



10 II l"-°<* "«t* 



5o 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



The above is a plan of the Lord Prop rs Land Lying in monadnock 
No Six which are Cuppled as follows Viz* 





Lots No 


Range 


Lots N° 


Range 


first Settled minister 


5 


IO 


5 


ii 


For the use of the ministry 




8 


5 


8 


School Lots 


3 


5 


4 


IO 


The Grantors Lots 


i 


4 


3 


ii 




i 


5 


i 


6 




2 


4 


2 


5 




3 


4 


4 


4 


G J- 


5 


4 


5 


5 




5 


6 


5 


7 




4 


5 


4 


6 




2 


6 


4 


8 


Said Lots are Cuppled according to the 


I 


7 


2 


7 


Best of my Skill & Judgement 


4 


9 


2 


ii 


^ r Breed Batcheller 


4 


7 


3 


9 




3 


6 


3 


7 




i 


9 


2 


9 




i 


IO 


I 


ii 




3 


8 


2 


IO 




2 


8 


4 


ii 




3 


IO 


5 


9 



[Improvements in Northeast Quarter.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 39.] 



North East 

Quarter 
Jon a Nichols — 
Breed Batcheller 

Benj a Day- 
Breed Batcheller 
W m Follet— 
Tho s Upham 
Abijah Brown 
Elihu Higby 
Jn° Frink— 



Acres Chop'd 
Clear'd Over 



7 — 
12 — 

5 — 
2. 

2 
12 — 

6 — 

28 — 
4 — 

9 



7 — House — Family 
22 — House a family has Lived 

3 Years 
20 — House — Talks of Coming 



8 — - House Building Family 
12 — House — Resident 
10 — House — Family 

7 — 





NELSON. 


Jos : Stanhope 


20 — 16 - 


Elias Squire — 


2 — 4 - 


Stephen Treat — 


3 - 


John Easterbrook 


5 — 8 - 


Nath 11 Breed 


45 — 15 


Benj a Nurse — 


2 — 10 - 


Wei man 


7 — 2 - 


Jn° Stroud — 


7 — 8 - 


Abraham Griffin 


12 — 6 - 


Ithmer Smith. 


1 — 3 


Breed Batchelle 


2 — 5 - 


D° — 


1 — 15. 



5i 



House — Family — 



Talks of Coming 
House — Family — 
House — 

House — Talks of Coming 
House — Family — 
House — Resedint 
Camp — 
House mill — 
Camp Built — 



[Improvements in Southeast Quarter.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 40.] 



South East 


Acres 


Chop'd 


Quarter 


Clear'd 


Over 




David Marshall — 


1. 


8. 


House — Family 


James Blanchard — 


8 — 


30 — 


Camp 


Joseph Eayrs — 


— 


10 — 


Camp — at Work 


Joseph Eayrs (Alies) ) 
Jn° Lund— \ 


- 8 — 




House — at Work 


Eleazer Twitchel — 


25 — 




House — Family — 


Joseph Stanford — 


7 — 




House — Family- 


John Adams — 


20 — 




House — Resident 


Aaron Beels — 


20 — 




House — Family — 


Jo s Mason — 


12 — 




House — Family 


Jn° Farwell— 


4 — 




House — Family 


Jn° Newhall— 


3 — 




House — Family 


Jn° Spiny — 


2 — 




House Building — Family 


Philip B'illhash. 


8 — 




House — Family — 






15 


Camp— One Grist Mill 
House — Family 


Jos h Stanford — 


7 — 


X KJ 


Ja s Bancroft — 


20 — 




House — Family 


Sam 11 Averet — 


7 — 




House — Family — 




3 
12 — 


13 — 

6 




Beriah Whitmore 


House — Family 


Amos Skinner — 


7 


2 


Camp — 



52 CHARTER RECORDS. 



NEW BOSTON. 

[Granted by Massachusetts Jan. 14, 1735-6, to John Simpson and others. The 
grant was confirmed by the Masonian Proprietors Feb. 2, 1748-9. Sometimes 
called Lane ''s-town and Boston Piscalaqtcog Township. Regranted Dec. 24, 175 1 , 
to Job Lewis and others. Incorporated as New Boston Feb. 18, 1763, and named 
from Boston, Mass. A small tract of land was severed and annexed to Goffstown 
June 18, 1836. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 553; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 642; Index to Laws, 
395; History, by Elliott C. Cogswell, 1864, pp. 470; sketch, by Neil McLane, 
HurcTs History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 585 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 229; Articles of Faith and Covenant of First Presbyterian Church, with 
history of church and catalogue of members, 1869, pp. 32; Baptist Churches in 
N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 14, 19.] 



[Petition of Thomas Thomas, 1748. J 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 42.] 

Portsm Nov r 1 st 1748 
To y e Gent 111 Purchasers & Proprietors of John Tufton Mason 
Esqu r his Right in Lands in New Hampshire — 

I y e Subscriber pray your favour that when you are pleased to grant 
that tract of land scituated between New Boston so called & a Town- 
ship called N° 7 — You would Suffer me to have two Shares to Settle 
upon y e Terms that said tract shall be granted upon, and shall be 
ready to lay Under Obligation to perform y e Terms of your grant, 
having before y e the Indian War built a house and made Considerable 
Improvements there your Consideration of my Petition and your fa- 
vour therein will very much Oblige 

Your most Hum : serv fc 

Tomas thomas 



[ Original Proprietors' Names, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 43.] 

( List of the Names of the Proprietors of the Township 
1735 < Granted by y e Generall Court of y e Province of the Massach ts 
( Lying on y e branches of Piscataquaog River viz* 



NEW BOSTON. 



53 



Andrew Lane 3 Shares 

Byfield Lyde Esq r 

John Hill Esq r 

John Spooner 

John Read Esq r 

Samuel Tyley 

John Boydell 

John Horaans 

Jon a Williams 2 shares 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r 

Benf Clark 

Jacob Hurd 

James Townsend 

W m Salter 2 Shares 

Zachariah Johonnott 

Daniel Loring 

William Speakman 

Thomas Greene 2 Shares 

Gilbert Warner 

John Larrabee 

John Green 

Rufus Greene 

Tho s Foster 

John Arbuthnott 

Jn° & Jon a Simpson 

Humphrey Keys 



James Goold 

Joseph Greene 

Isaac Walker 

Robert Jenkins 2 Shares 

Benj a Bagnald 

Richard Checkley 

John Maverick 

Tho s Hancock 

John Carnes 

James Halsey 

John Steel Esq r 

Charles Coffin 

Daniel Pecker 2 Shares 

Jon A Clark 

Henry Howell 

Job Lewis Esq r 

Tho s Bulfinch 

John Indicott 

John Erving Esq r 

James Day 

W m Dudley Esq r 

Edward Durant 

W m Bant 

Robert Auchmooty Esq 1 

Joseph Wright 2 Shares 

John Tyler 



Att a Meeting of y e Above Proprietors John Hill Esq r be Desired 
when he Comes to Portsmouth to Lay before y e Claimers of Masons 
Right y e Above list of s d Proprietors y e Charges they have been at in 
Laying out s d Township building a Meeting house Saw mill & Sixty 
Dwelling houses also Bridges over y e Two Great Rivers of Nashaway 
& Piscataquaog & Clearing Roads & making Cawsways to y e Amount 
of Four thousand Five hundred pounds old Tennor in y* Day and as 
we are now Inform'd said Township Comes within y e Aforesaid Claim 
Desire their Favour that we may Go on with the Settlement under s d 
Claim Which we shall Do with all Speed & Chearfulness Notwith- 
standing y e Many Dissapointments & Losses we have Sustain'd by 
Reasons of the Warr in which most if nott all y e Houses are burnt 
Down 

by order of y e Proprietors 

W m Salter Proprietors Clerk 

Boston Jan y 20 th 1748 



54 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Prov« of New J p ^ m mg 

Hampsh r \ 

Col John Hill of Boston Esqu r presenting y e within Request of 
y e Petitioners within mentiond It is Considered by y e Proprietors 
that they will grant the within mentioned Tract of land to be laid 
out into eighty equal Shares Sixty whereof to be for y e Petitioners 
and three of said shares to be Reserved for public Uses and the other 
Seventeen shares to be for y e Use of y e Grantors agreeable to such 
Conditions Limitations & Restrictions as lands by Said Proprietors 
have been granted upon to Thomas Parker & others and y e Clerk to 
write to y e Said Petitioners to inform them hereof — 

Gentlemen 

at a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John 
Tufton Mason Esqu r lying in the Province of New Hampshire on y e 
25 th of last Jan y Coll John Hill Esqu 1 ' of Boston preferred a list of 
the names of the Proprietors of the Township granted by the general 
Court of the Province of the massachusetts lying on the Branches of 
Piscataquaog River (which Township he informed us is called New 
Boston, with a Declaration of a Considerable Expence they have been 
at in Consequence of s (1 grant for the Settlement of Said Tract, and 
which they are inform'd lay's within our claim, & that you desire to 
proceed in the Settlement of Said Township under our Claim in 
mason's Right The Proprietors taking into Consideration your Re- 
quest & the motion of Coll Hill in that Behalfe Resolv'd — That they 
will grant the Said Tract of land to be laid out into Eighty equall 
shares 



[Proposals of Masonian Proprietors, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 44.] 
Gentlemen 

At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John 
Tufton Mason Esqu 1 ' lying in the Province of New Hampshire on the 
25 th of January last ; Coll° John Hill Esqu 1 ' of Boston preferred a 
List of the Names of the Proprietors of the Township, granted by the 
general Court of the Province of the Massachusetts, lying on the 
Branches of Piscataquaog River ; (which Township he inform'd us is 
Called New Boston) with a Declaration of a considerable Expence 
they have been at in Consequence of said Grant, for the Settlement 
of Said Tract ; which you are inform'd lay's within our Claim under 
mason and that you desire to proceed in the Settlement of said Town- 
ship under our Claim aforesaid 



NEW BOSTON. 55 

The Proprietors taking into Consideration your Request and the 
Motion of Coll Hill in that behalfe Resolv'd that they will grant 
Said tract of land to be laid out into eighty equal Shares or Divisions ; 
Sixty of which to be granted to the Petitioners their heirs and 
Assigns for ever — and twenty Shares to be reserved for the Proprie- 
tors the Grantors for their Disposal, and for the Use of the Town — the 
said Grant to be made agreable to Such Conditions Restrictions and 
Liraittations, as lands by said Proprietors have been granted upon, to 
Thomas Parker & others. — 

(viz 4 ) That the whole Township be laid out & divided into eighty 
equal Shares, each Share into three Lots and numbred with the 
Same number on each of said Lots, which Lots to be drawn for at the 
same time 

The Numbers to begin with one and end with Eighty — 

That one of the said twenty Shares reserved to be for the Use of 
the first Gospel minister, who Shall be Settled on the Said Tract for 
ever & c — 

That one other of Said Twenty Reserved Shares be for the Support 
of the Ministry there for ever — 

And one other of said twenty Shares reserved to be for the Support 
of a School there for ever — 

The other Seventeen Shares of Said twenty reserved to be for the 
Use of the Proprietors the Grantors their heirs and Assigns for ever 
— and to be at no Expence of Settlement till improved by the Owners 
or Some Person holding under them Respectively 

That the Owners of the Said Sixty Shares shall carry on and make 
the Settlement at their own Expence — 

All the Lots to be laid out by the last day of May next, ready to 
be drawn for, the Lots to be laid out in Ranges where the land will 
admitt of it, and land be left for high ways of four Rods wide between 
the Ranges & for cross ways between the lots of two Rods wide — 

That the flust Lots for the first Minister & for the Ministry be laid 
out near where the Meeting house is to be built & not drawn for as 
the other Lots — 

That within one year from the Said last day of may each owner of 
the Said Sixty Shares have a house of Sixteen feet Square with 
a Chimney & Cellar, upon one of the lots belonging to his Share and 
Some person living in Said house and Four Acres of land enclosed 
cleared and fitted for mowing or Tillage, and within one year after 
that to have four Acres more enclosed cleared & fitted for mowing or 
Tillage & at the end of three years from the last day of May next to 
have four Acres more enclosed & fitted for mowing or Tillage — 



56 CHARTER RECORDS. 

That the Settlers at their own Expence build a Meeting house by 
the last day of may in the year 1751. fit for publick Worship — ■ 

That Six Acres of land be left & laid out in a Suitable place to 
build a meeting house upon, a Burying Yard, a school & other publick 
Uses — 

That each owner of the Said Sixty Shares shall at or before the 
drawing for their Lots Advance and pay the Sum of thirty pounds 
old Tenor (including what they have already advanced towards 
carrying on Said Settlement) to be deposited in the hands of Such 
persons as the said Owners shall chuse to receive the Same to defrey 
the Charge of Surveying and laying out the land into lots building 
a meeting house maintaining the publick Worship the first Six 
months, from the End of three years after drawing for Said Lots, 
clearing high ways making necessary Bridges, & making and Return- 
ing a Compleat Plan of the said Survey & laying out of the lots to 
the Grantors — 

That all white Pine trees fit for his Majesty's Use for Masting the 
Royal Navy be Reserved for that purpose for ever — 

That the Owners of the Said Sixty Shares shall have the Use of all 
meadows within any of the lots of the twenty Reserved Shares for 
the term of five Years commencing at the time of drawing said 
Lots — 

That no Obstruction or Incumbrance be made or built whereby the 
Passage of the Fish may be any ways hindered or Impeded 

A grant of a Privilege for a Saw Mill for the Benefit of y e Settlers 
is also made upon Condition of the Mill being fit to go by the last 
day of August next, and Sawing Lumber for the Inhabitants of y e 
Town to the halves for the Term of Six Years from that time when & 
so often as they shall have Occasion 

And in Case any of the owners of the said sixty shares shall refuse 
neglect or Omit to perform & fully discharge any y e Conditions Arti- 
cles Matters & Things by him Respectively to be done he shall forfeit 
his Right or share in said Town — 

And in Case of an Indian War within any of the Terms & Limita- 
tions of time above mentioned for performing the Said Articles and 
things aforesaid to be done & performed by Said Settlers — then the 
Same times to be allowed for the Respective Matters aforesaid after 
Such Impediment Shall be removed — and it is to be understood that 
y e said Lots shall be drawn at Portsm in y e Province of New Hamp- 
shire 

and Sundry Reservations for Grants of particular Improvem ts 

The above are the general Terms & Limitations of the grant of 
lands made by the Proprietors for a Township to Thomas Parker and 



NEW BOSTON. 



57 



others which by their Direction is communicated to you by Gent' 

your Humble Serv* 

Portsm Feb* 2 d 1748 Geo : Jaffrey Prop 18 Clerk 

To the Proprietors of a Township called New Boston 



[Masonian Proprietors' Propositions Rejected, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 41.] 

Boston March 20 th 1748 

S r I Rec d Yours of Feb y 2 th last with proposalls from y e Proprie- 
tors of Lands purchasd of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 ' desired by them 
to be laid before y e Proprietors of y e Township Commonly Called 
New Boston of which I had sent you by John Hill Esq r their Names, 
s d Township being Granted to them by y e General! Court of y e Prov- 
ince of the Massachusetts bay, & now in Answer thereto I Inform you 
y l by order of their Committee I warned y e Proprietors thereof to As- 
semble & Accordingly on the ninth day of march Instant they did 
Assemble when & where I Layd before them s d Proposalls which be- 
ing Read Sundry times to them and after the Same being fully De- 
bated, A Vote being putt Whether they will Accept y e Same Agreea- 
ble to said Claimers Proposalls 

It Passed in the Negative 

The Above is what I am Directed by y e Proprietors to Inform you 
of 

I am S r Your most Humble Servant 

W m Salter Proprietors Clerk 

To M r George Jaffrey Jun r 



[Petition of Thomas Smith, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 45.] 

To the Hon ble The Proprietors & Purchasers of Lands of John 
Tufton Mason Esqu r in New Hampshire 

The Memorial of Thomas Smith of Chester in y e Province of New 
Hampshire Humbly shews 

Whereas I have purchased a Right in New Boston so called of 
Jacob Hurd Gold-Smith of Boston in y e Prov: of y e Mass a Bay and 
have Settled or improved Land in Said New Boston for Seven years 
past and have a built a house there and am about to Remove myself 



58 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& Family into Said Land, and have four Sons — young men fit for 
improving Lands — 

I therefore humbly Petition that your Honb le Propriety would 
grant me and my four Sons aforesaid five Rights or shares in said 
New Boston and your Petitioner shall every Pray &c &c 

Portsm Oct 1 ' 26 th 1749 Thomas Smith 



[Charter of New Boston, 1751.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 46.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power and Authority Granted and 
New Hamp r \ Vested in me by the Prop rs of Lands Purchased of 
John Tuflton Mason Esq r in the Province of New Hampshire by 
Their Vote passed at their Meeting Held at Portsmouth in said Prov- 
ince the Tenth Day of June 1751 : 

I do by these Presents on the Terms and Conditions hereafter Ex- 
pressed give & Grant all the Right, Title, Property, and Possession of 
the Prop 18 aforesaid, unto Job Lewis, Henry Howell, John Steel, 
Thomas Bullfinch, Robert Jenkins, John Spooner, Benjamin Bagnall, 
Samuel Tyley's Heirs, James Townsend's Heirs, Isaac Walker, Joseph 
Wright, Elear Boyd, Daniel Pecker, William Dudley's Heirs, Robert 
Boyes, Thomas Smith, Thomas Cockran Patrick Doughlass, John 
Homans, James Day, James Caldwell, Gilbert Warner, Richard 
Checkley's Heirs, James Wilson, Jonathan Clark, William Speak- 
man's Heirs, Benjamin's Clark's Heirs, John Ervin, William White, 
John Hill Esq r , John Taylor, John M c Callester Edward Durant's 
Heirs, William Bant, John Maverick, Rufus Green, James Halsey, 
Daniel Loring's Heirs, Joseph Green, James Hunter, Thomas Wilson, 
of in & to that Tract of Land or Township called New Boston in the 
Province of New Hampshire Aforesaid of the Contents of Six Miles 
broad, and Seven Miles long, Bounded thus. Beginning at a Beach 
Tree, the Southeast Corner, and from thence North by the Needle 
Two Degrees Westward Six Miles, or untill it comes unto the North 
east Corner, formerly made under the Massachusetts Grant, for the 
Northeast Corner of said Tract, And from thence West by the Needle 
Two Degrees to y e Southward, And from the first Bounds mentioned 
the Southeast Corner aforesaid, West by the Needle Two Degrees 
Southward Six Miles or untill it meet with Salem Canada line (so 
called) and Turning and Runing North — by the Needle Two Degrees 
Westward, Two Miles or untill it come to the most Northeasterly 
Corner of Salem Canada Township as formerly laid out, then turning 



NEW BOSTON, 



59 



and riming West as aforesaid Two Degrees Southerly so far, And 
extending the North Line of the Premisses likewise Westward untill 
a Line Paralel with the East Line will include the Contents of Seven 
Miles long and Six Miles broad as aforesaid. 

To Have and To Hold, To them, their Heirs & Assigns forevei\ 
excepting as aforesaid on the following Terms, Conditions, and Limi- 
tations (that is to say) that as the greatest Part of the Tract afore- 
said has heretofore been divided into Sixty three Shares, now there- 
fore that there be reserved for the Use of the Grantors their Heirs & 
Assigns forever, out of the Lands aforesaid already divided Nine 
Shares or Sixty third Parts as followeth Viz* The Home Lott-s Num- 
ber four, Number Twenty five, Numbers Thirty three, nine, Twenty 
Eight, Five, Twenty Nine, Eighteen, and Ten with the several Lotts 
annexed to the same, as in the Schedule hereafter, also so much of 
the common Lands, or undivided, to be laid out in that Part of said 
Tract near the great Meadows, as shall be equal to one half Part of a 
Share reserved as aforesaid. Which half Share is appropriated to 
Joseph Blanchard jun r with the same proportion of the Common Land 
each in that Part formerly within the Bounds called New Bos- 
ton, exclusive and excepting Five Hundred Acres hereby 
Granted and Appropriated to the Grantees to be by them 
disposed of for Encouragement for building and Supporting 
Mills in said Township, also Reserving unto the Grantors 
their Heirs & Assigns, after the Five hundred Acres afore- 
said is laid out and compleated in the Common, One Fourth 
Part for Quantity and Quality of the Lands by this Grant added 
within the Bounds aforesaid, over and above what was contained 
within the Bounds of that called New Boston as formerly laid out, 
the said Grantors Parts to be divided Lotted and Coupled together 
and drawn for with the Grantees, according to the Number of Shares 
as before reserved, so as for the Grantors to have one full Quarter 
part as aforesaid, said Work to be finished within Twelve Months 
from this Date, at the Charge of the Grantees only. Also that the 
Grantors Right in Three of the Shares laid out as aforesaid, be and 
hereby is granted and Appropriated free of all Charge, One for the 
first settled Minister, One for the Ministry and One for the School 
there forever, as they are set down in the Schedule hereafter. 

That the aforesaid Reservations for the Grantors, and as well for 
Joseph Blanchard jun r be free from all Dutys, Taxes, Charges, or 
Expence whatsoever, untill improved by the Owner or Owners, or 
some holding under them — 

That all the Lotts in said Township be subject to have all necessary 
Roads or Highways laid thr6 them, as there shall be necessary occa- 
sion for, free from Charge of purchasing the same. — 



60 CHARTER RECORDS. 

That the Grantees on their parts make Forty five Settlements in 
said Township in the following Manner Viz* each to have a House 
built of One Room at the least of Sixteen feet Square fitted and fin- 
ished for comfortable dwelling in, And Three Acres cleared, Inclosed, 
and fitted for mowing or tillage on each of the said forty five Shares 
at or before the first Day of August 1754. And within One Year 
afterwards a family or some Person inhabiting there on each Settle- 
ment, and to continue Residency there for three Years then next, and 
within that term to fitt four Acres more, each, for mowing, or tillage as 
aforesaid. — 

That the Grantees build a Meeting House there in four Years from 
this date. 

That the Grantees at their own Expence, make the Settlement 
aforesaid — And within Six Months from this Date assertain the 
particular Grantees, who they shall determine to make Settlement 
and inhabit there as aforesaid and certifie the same under their Clerks 
hand into the Grantors Clerks office. — 

And in Case any of the Grantees be Delinquent, who shall be en- 
joined the Settlement as aforesaid, or any part of Duty enjoined by 
this Grant on such Share hereafter assertained, the whole Share or 
Right of such Delinquent shall and hereby is Granted to such of the 
Grantees, who shall comply on their parts, provided they fullfill such 
Delinquents Duty in two Years after each period next coming, that 
such duty should have been done, and on their Neglect then all such 
Delinquents rights or Shares to revert to the Grantors their Heirs and 
Assigns free and clear from all future Charges thereon — 

That the Grantees hold under the Conditions herein the several 
Lotts of Upland and Meadow already laid out in said Township, as 
sett forth in the Schedule annexed, and the future Divisions to be as- 
sertained by and according to the Massachusetts Grant to them or 
their Vendors. 

That one Home lott (so called) viz* Number Sixty be set and relin- 
quish'd unto John & Jonathan Simpson's Assignee, Joseph Wright, 
always provided and on this Condition only that he build, clear, In- 
close & settle a Family on said Lott, according to the periods, and 
several Articles of Duty enjoined and Specified for one of the forty 
five rights aforesaid, and this Settlement to be over and above the 
said forty five, and in case of failure or Neglect of any Part of y e 
said Duty, the said Lott N° Sixty to revert to the Grantees and 
Grantors in common to be Apportioned with the other common Lands. 
Also provided that y e said Wright or his Assigns, pay the propor- 
tionable part of Charge for that Lott, in carrying forward the Settle- 
ment. — 



NEW BOSTON. 



6l 



That the Grantees or their Assigns, at any publick meeting called 
for that Purpose by a Majority of Votes of the Interest present,. 
Grant, and Assess such further Sum or Sums of Money, as they shall 
think necessary, for compleating, and carrying forward the Settlem 1 
aforesaid from Time to Time, and all other necessary Charges, until! 
the same shall be incorporated. — 

And every of the Grantees who shall refuse, and neglect making 
payment of their respective Sums and Taxes, for the Space of three 
Months next after such Tax or assessment shall be granted and made 

That then so much of Such Delinquents Right respectively, shall 
and may be sold as will pay the Tax or Taxes, and all charges arising 
thereon by a Committee to be appointed by the Grantees for that 
purpose. 

That all White pine Trees fitt for masting his Majesty's Royall 
Navy, growing on said Tract of Land, be and hereby are granted to 
his Majesty his Heirs and Successors forever. — 

And as a further Condition of this Grant, that the Grantees herein 
mentioned within three Months from the Date hereof, Signifie their 
consent and Acceptance as well as their fullfillment and conformity to 
the whole of the Conditions herein specified by counter signing these 
Premises with their Hands and Seals, and on failure thereof to receive 
no Benefitt by the aforewritten Grant. Always provided there be no 
Indian Warr, within any of the Terms and Limitations aforesaid, for 
doing the Duty conditioned in this Grant, and in case that should 
happen, the same Time to be allowed for the respective Duties, mat- 
ters, and things as aforesaid, after such impediment shall be re- 
moved. — 

To all which Premisses Joseph Blanchard Agent for and in behalf 
of the said Grantors, on the One Part, and the Grantees on the other 
Part have hereunto Interchangeably sett our Hands and Seals, this 
Twenty fourth Day of December 1751. — 



John Hill 


[seal] 


Rob* Jenkins 


[seal] 


Jonathan Clarke 


[seal] 


Sam 1 Checkley 


[seal] 


William Blair Townsend 


[seal] 


Job Lewis 


[seal] 


James Halsey 


[seal] 


John Steel 


[seal] 


John Erving 


[seal] 


Gilb* Warner 


[seal] 


Joseph Green 


[seal] 


Isaac Loring 


[seal] 


Isaac Walker 


[seal] 


Samuel Swift for 




John Horn an s 


[seal] 


S. Tyleys heirs 


[seal" 


Hannah Speakman 


[seal] 


James Day 


[seal" 


John Maverick 


[seal] 


Tho s Bulfinch 


| seal" 


Will 111 Bant 


[seal] 


patrick douglass 


[seal" 



62 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



Rufus Greene 

John Phillips Execu r 
to Benj a Clark's last will 

John Spooner 

Benj a Tyler in be- 
half of my father 
John Tyler 

Dan 1 Pecker 

Henry Howell 

Joseph Wright 



his 

[seal] william X white 

mark 

John macallester 
James wilson 
thomas Willson 
Eliezer Boyd 
Tho s Cochran 
James Caldwell 
Robert Boyes 
James Hunter 
Benj a Bagnall 



[seal] 
[seal] 



[seal] 
[seal] 
[seal] 
[seal] 



Joseph Richards in behalf of Con 1 Dudleys Eyers 
Robert Boyes for Edward Durents hairs 



[seal] 

seal 
seal 
seal 
seal 
seal 
seal 
seal 
seal 
seal 
seal 
seal 







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a 








.2 


.2 








*C/3 


[55 


£ 


Grantees Names 




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"> 


O M 

73 ■£ 




"5 

-a 


s 






M 


M 


§ 


Job Lewis .... . 


35 


43 


II 




Henry Howell 












6 


22 


124 




John Steel Esq r . 












26 


39 


I07 




Thomas Bullfinch 












i 


98 


117 




Robert Jenkins . 














45 


IOI 




John Spooner 














3 


35 




Benjamin Bagnall 












13 


59 


38 




Samuel Tyley's heirs . 












40 


17 


113 




James TownsencTs heirs 












47 


76 


82 


47 


Isaac Walker 














105 


119 




Joseph Wright 












61 


40 


2 1 


60 


Eleazar Boyd 












1 1 


6 


48 




Daniel Pecker 












3 


74 


9 1 




William Dudley^ heirs 












44 


57 


93 


44 


Joseph Wright . 












62 


55 


13 


62 


Robert Boyes 












54 


46 


106 


54 


Thomas Cochrean 












16 


14 


10 


16 


Thomas Cochrean 












2 


58 


65 




John Homan 












26 


30 


27 




Jonathan Clark . 














5 


25 




Thomas Cochrean 












20 


77 


63 




James Day . 












17 


67 


no 


17 


Robert Jenkins . 














7 


49 




Gilbert Warner . 














80 


89 




Benj n Clarks heirs 












53 


109 


9 


53 


Will m Speakmans heirs 












15 


18 


27 


15 


Robert Boyes 












7 


54 


103 





NEW BOSTON. 



Grantees Names 




Richard Checkley's heirs 

John Ervin Esq 1 " 

John Hill Esq r . 

John M c Callester 

Edward Durante heirs 

John Tyler . 

James Halsey 

William Bant 

John Maverick . 

Rums Green 

Daniel Loring's heirs 

Daniel Pecker 

James Huntur 

Joseph Green 

Publick Right for y e Grantees 

First Ministers Lott 

Ministry 

School Right 

Patrick Doughlass 

William White 

James Caldwell 

James Caldwell 

James Caldwell 

James Wilson 

James Wilson 

James Wilson 

Thomas Wilson 

Thomas Smith 

Joseph Wright 

Robert Boyes Esq r 



34 
48 



59 

3o 
24 
52 
23 



19 
63 
64 

65 
22 



12 



13 
21 
60 
58 
38 
46 

50 
3i 
57 
32 
27 
37 
5 1 
42 
56 
45 
39 
55 



34 
68 



l 9 
92 

88 

4i 

52 
1 
32 
73 
4 
99 
l S 
33 
70 

36 
S3 
94 
3i 
5 1 
20 

27 
75 
16 
125 
66 



26 
109 

2 

23 

56 

81 

121 

102 

112 

62 

90 

24 
116 
104 

96 
161 
123 

79 
64 

115 

86 
72 
37 
84 
114 

85 
in 



34 

48 



59 



58 
46 

3 r 

57 
32 



42 
56 
45 

55 



6 4 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Grantees Names 


P 


c 
.2 

*> 

3 


.2 
"> 








4i 






41 




43 






43 


Lotts Reserved to the Grantors — . 


49 

4 


73 


83 






25 


29 


I08 






33 


42 


71 






28 


87 


122 






5 


95 


Il8 






9 


120 


126 






29 


69 


60 






18 


44 


12 






10 


28 


5° 




To Joseph Blanchard jim* £ Right to be lay'd out 










with 2 Lotts in the great Meadow 








61 
33 



The afore written Schedule is a true Draught of the Lotts as they 
now stand granted by this Charter, the Home lotts were laid out for 
Fifty Acres of the best Land and qualified for poor land with a larger 
Quantity, the Second Division contain two Lotts for each Share of 
One hundred and fifty three Acres each — 

As returned ^ Robert Boyes Esq r authorized by the Grantees for 
that Purpose. — 

The Date within I the said Joseph Blanchard in behalf of the 
Grantors, further engage to the Grantees, their Heirs and Assigns. 
If need be to defend thr6 the Law to King and Council, One Action 
that shall or may be brought against them or any Number of them, 
by any Person or Persons claiming the said Land or any Part thereof, 
by any other Title, than that of the said Grantors, or that by which 
they hold and derive theirs from, provided the Grantors are avouched 
in to defend the same. And in Case the same shall be recovered over 
against the Grantors the said Grantees shall recover nothing over 
against the Grantors for the said Land, Improvements, or Expences 
in bring g forward the Settlement &c — As Witness my Hand & Seal 

Joseph Blanchard & a Seal 

The above is a True Copy Examin'd 

^ William Blair Townsend 

Prop 18 Clerk— 



NEW BOSTON. 65 

[Reserved Lots, 1754.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 27, 1754.] 

The Draft of the Proprietors Shares & Rights in the Tract of Land 
called New Boston — viz* according to Plan as drawn 

viz fc 1 st drawn N° 18, to Joshua Peirce Esqu r & Daniel Peirce Esqu r 
& Mary Moore 

2 5 to Joseph Blan chard Esqu r & Coll° Meserve & Comp a 

3 29. to Theodore Atkinson Esqu r & John Wentworth Esqu r 

4 28. to Mess rs Thomlinson & Mason & Mess 1 ' 8 Solley & March 

5 33. to Thomas Wallingford Esqu 1 ' & Thomas Packer Esqu r 

6 4 to Mark Hunking Wentworth Esqu r & Jotham Odi- 

orne Esqu rs Right 

7 10 to Richard Wibird Esqu r & George Jaffrev — 

8 25 to John Moffatt Esqu r & M r John Rindge" 

9 9 to Mathew Livermore Esqu r & William Parker Esqu r 



\James CaldwelVs Improvements, 1759.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 47.] 

These may Certifie all whom it may concern That on the Twenty 
second Day of March A D 1759 I the subscriber (at the Desire of 
M r James Caldwell of Londonderry in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire) Took a view of the Improvements done on a Certain Tract of 
land Laid out to Joseph Blanchard Esq 1 ' Lying in that Tract of land 
Commonly called New Boston New Addition and I find one Famely 
liveing on the same (viz) John Carson with his wife and four Chil- 
dren in a house made of Round Loggs about Twenty feet squar 
with a Chimney made of stones and about Eight or nine Acres of 
Land under improvement for plowing with a young orchard of about 
fifty Apple trees with the frame of a house of about 26 or 28 feet in 
length and 20 D° in breadth with 4000 feet of boards as said Carson 
said lying at said frame and a Cellar under the same and 14 Neat 
Cattle and a horse and the said Carson said he cut the hay on said 
land that keeps them with and said Carson told me that there was at 
first a famely settled on the same along with him but was Moved 
away and that there was a famely to come and live on said farm along 
with him as soon as the snow was so much gone as that they could 



66 CHARTER RECORDS. 

get up Said Farm is said to be sold by said Joseph Blancliard Esq r to 
his Hon 11 Father and by him to said James Caldwell and by him to 
said John Carson 

Math w Patten 

At a Meeting of y e Proprietors held 28 th Sept r 1759 The Proprietors 
desire Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs Clerk to write to y e Grantees of New Bos- 
ton and acquaint them that S d Prop rs are Content that the Improvem ts 
made by Ja s Calwell within New Boston be in full for his Settling 
one of y e forty five shares conditioned in their Grant of New Boston 
&c a 



\_CaldtvelV § Settlements Accepted, 1759.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 48.] 
Gent m 

M r James Calwell having manifested to the Proprietors of y e Lands 
purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r that he has made two Settle- 
ments within the Tract of Land granted to you by y e name of New 
Boston — & altho' either of the Said Settlements he has made is not 
upon one of the forty five Settlements Conditioned in y e Grant made 
to you by Coll Blanchard Deceas'd in our behalf, but as the two 
Settlements made on Said Calwells Lands within Said New Boston is 
more than equivalent to Settlement of one of the forty five Settle- 
ments Conditioned as aforesaid — The Proprietors have ordered & 
directed me to Signify to y e Grantees of New Boston that they are 
willing & desirous to Accept of m r James Calwell's Settlements 
within Said New Boston as the fulfilling y e Condition of Settlement 
of one of the forty five Settlements to be made within Said New Bos- 
ton, and also desire that Said Calwell may not be called upon for the 
Settling his Lot in one of the forty five Settling Lotts So as to incurr 
the forfeiture or Penalty for not Complying as aforesaid — by order 
and direction of the Proprietors 

I am y r Humb le Serv* 
Portsm Sept r 29 th 1759 Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 

To the Grantees of New Boston within Mason's Patent in new 
Hampsh r 



NEW BOSTON. 67 

[Answer to Masonian Proprietors, 1759.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 49.] 

Boston Nov r 24 th 1759— 

Gen 11 

We Receiv'd yours of the 29 th Septem r but Yesterday, About 
James Calwells forflted Rights in New Boston, by which find he has 
Impos'd on you, as he has on us, by false Misrepresentations from 
time to time & only trifled with us all to Avoid the forfiture of his 
Lands, which in Justice Should been two, for want of Duty done 
on both which Misrepresentations we have and Can Confront him in 
being well know'n to all the Inhabitance, there, who thought us too 
favourable in the Affair & was his own fault and owing to his Negli- 
gence as haveing allways Notice years before by which might pre- 
vented it. 

We have proceeded in every Step Agreeable to Law and our Char- 
ter — and Blam'd by the Inhabitance for Shew 8 too much Lenity. 
After 2 or 3 years time, for Returning the Duty done on Each Lott, 
we Advertised and Chose a Committee — Viz fc John Hill & Rob* Boyce 
Esq rs Rob fc Jenkins & Tho s Cochran who proceeded over Each Lot 
throughout the Town, A Twell Month After: given Notice for their 
view, (In order for the Accomplishment of Duty omitt d on the view, 
found Calwell had 3 Rights in the 45 to perform Duty of Settlement, 
one of which found Agreeable, the other two nothing preform'd Ex- 
cept one or Two Acres of Trees Cut Down and there Lay without 
Houses Built or any other Improvement at all, Accordingly on the 
Return we forflted only one in full Meeting, who Insisted on both but 
through Lenity we gave Six Months Longer to Compleat them and 
Stade near 12 Months after, Still found nothing done, then we Ad- 
vertis'd at sundry times the forflted Lots & Numbers to be Sold, 
which a Considerable time After Sold at Vandue to the highest bid- 
der with some others to the Satisfaction of the Inhabitance for the 
Benifet of the whole Consern'd 

He pretended by Selling John Cassen a Right in the New Addision 
some Years ago which he now Lives on, by which one of his Lotts 
was to Answer, the Duty done and Said he Sold it and Agreed it Ac- 
cordingly, on which we pointed it and Agreed to Refer it to Cassen 
an be Governed by the Bargin made with him and Likewise Leave it 
to M r Atkenson and the Proprietors, on Cassens Appearance he De- 
clar'd there was nothing in it, but bought it • of him at a high Price 
without any taulk thought or Agreement of Covering any Lott but 
what then bou* which he now Lives on, by which may perceive his 
Trifeling on all Sides So Gen n as we have no Sinister Views, but to 
Act for the good of the whole, As your Interest is Equaly Consern'd 



68 CHARTER RECORDS. 

— hope you wont Interfear, If you Should It might Lead Us into 
many Illconvenances so as to Discourage in our Duty — As to what is 
Done is to the Satisfaction of the present Settlers, whom in Generall 
we meet a few weeks ago in Chelmsford and all Agreeable & mostly 
Condem'nd Calwells proceedings as Acting only with a View of 
Stockjobing y e Land and thought both Lotts Should have been for- 
fited as all Three belongs to the 45 to be Returnd — 

We Shall forward the Settlement as fast as Possible & Agreed to 
Build a Meeting House and Cut Conveanant Roads through all Parts 
of The Town which will Make it very Valueable Soon & may De- 
pend Shall not be wanting in our Duty to forward it, though with 
much time & Trouble on Us from the begining, the Lott Cant be 
Recall'd as farely Sold with Others and Recorded, and warranted by 
the Proprietors to be made good, M r Boyce Cochran & many others 

Can Inform more Perticulers, which we now Omit & Air 

Gen n Your Hb le Ser ts 

James Halsey ) f e 
Jonathan Clarke > ^ ?,, 
t> ut t i ■ * Committee 

Kob 1 Jenkins ) 

To George Jeffery Esq r In behalf of y e Gen ns Proprietors of Mas- 
sons Clame In New Hampshire 



[John Hill to Proprietors, 1763.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 50.] 

Boston August 22-1763 
S r I Greatfuly Acknowledg Your favour of the tenth Instant it 
Gave me Great satisfaction to find my Grant of Hillbrough to be five 
year before the Vote Impowering Col Blanchard to Make the Grant 
to Baldwin of the farm I mentioned — S r please to present my Com- 
plents to the Gentlemen proprietors of Masons Clame — I think it my 
Duty to Inform them — that some time ago as I was Journeing to New 
Boston I man unknown to me stopt me on the Road and told me he 
had a mind to Go & Setle on some of the Lands between New Bos- 
ton & Hillbrough he ask;d my advice if he did wither they Could 
amove him or put him to trouble — I advised him by No 
means to do it, If he did he would sertanly bring himself 
into Difecultys — since which about a week ago one of the 
setlers of Hillbrough was at my House in Boston and Told me one 
Garret Rowen of New-Boston had Cutt the Medows that Lie;s be- 
tween New-Boston & Hillbrough that my setleres had Cutt Several 
times before and was a great servis to them in there first going on — 



NEW BOSTON. 69 

when thay Inquired of him the said Rowen upon what Account he 
Cut them — he told them he had got a grant of five hundred Acres of 
s d Land from the proprietors by my means & my Recommending him 
to the Gentlemen — which thay must be sensable is Absolutly fallse — 
for I Never say the said Rowen in my life to my Knowledg Except 
he be the man I mentioned above that mett me on the Road — as the 
above affare of Rowen Semes to be fall;s and without foundation — 
and as the said Meddows will be servisable to the setlers of Hill- 
brough in there first settlement until there Lands are more bro;t to 
Einglish grass — I Humble begg the favour of the Gentlemen Proprie- 
tors if thay have not allready made a grant of s d Medows — that thay 
would make me a grant of Said medows — for the Use of the setlers of 
Hillbrough and for the more forwarding the Setlement — until thay 
otherways dispose of them or Improve them for there own Use and as 
in dutv bound shall Ever pray 

John Hill 
S r please to present this to the Gentlemen proprietors — and you;l 
Greatly Oblige Your Very Humble Servent 



John Hill 



please to Make the Grant to me for the Use above 



[Robert Jenkins to Proprietors, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 51.] 

Boston June 8 1772 
Sir 

Y rs Rec d of 25 Untemat : & Obserive y e Contents: You Say y e 
Proprietors of Masons Patten are Dissatisfied in y e laying out y e land 
in N Boston Town & Adisstion I Should be glad you d point Out 
wherein thay have done wrong If thare is A Mistake I am Sattisfied 
thaye are Ignorant of It & done nothing but what thay Are willing & 
Ready to Rectify: but as Col n Blanchard Settled y e whole Affair & 
Set of ye Mason Share in y e addistion & y e plan Was Signed : Ex- 
cepted by Y r Self as Clark to Masson Proprietors The Boston Pro- 
prietors Allways Understood what Col n Blancherd had done which he 
had full Power to do from Mason Proprietors was fully to y e Satis- 
faction to Mason Proprietores & thay allways thought Masson Propri- 
etors was Intirely Sattisfied as thay had Excepted the Plan & had 
made No Objections to It for So long a Space time but as time doth 
Not Rectifie wrongs thay are & will be Ready to doe whats Right & 
just between y e S d Proprietors Notwithstanding y e hard treatment M r 
Price Oxnerd & Self Meet with in y e Affair of New Concord &c : 



7o 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



After Exspending So much mony time & laughbour & brought it 
neigh a Close of Settelment of Neigh 30 familys ready to go On : 
And At last Chounch d Out of It by Dissuite & lyes If nothing 
worse but we have Not Yet given it Up or Over En tending as We 
have Encouragement to Searcth to the Bottom of y e Clame As y e 
town might now been Settled As well as New Boston If justice had 
been done As it Should from 

Sir Y r Injured frind 

Rob* Jenkins 

Direct Y r Litters post free As ntring in Stock to Answare y e 
Charge Direct in my Absance to m r Lewis Deblois in Boston 



[Plan of Common Land, 1772.] 

This Plan Discribes the Common land in New Boston that lies 
South of the Great Medow So Called, and leiut. John Smiths land 
lay'd in a scale of thirty Perch to an Inch, lay'd out under the Care of 
M r Thomas Cockran M r James Caldwell and Capt. Robert Moor Com- 
mittee for the Proprietors of Said New Boston August the 27 th A D 
1772 

This Certifies that this is a true Plan as above 

Per William Clark Survayer of land 




NEW BOSTON. 

\_Plan of Neiv Boston and Addition.] 



7i 




[Proprietors' Reservations in Addition, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 52.] 

Amherst New Hampshire September 9 th 1772 
We the Subscribers, comt ee for the management of the prudential 
affairs of New Boston, mett this day, and as the grantors, Viz* the 
proprietors of Masons clame, have not as yet had there reservation of 
a quarter part of the new addition land of New Boston set of to 
them ; We have, and do sett of to the said Grantors the following 
Lots, Viz 1 Lot N° two, Lot N° five, Lot N° fourteen, Lot N° seventeen, 
each containing one hundred Acres, as laid out, and may be seen on 
the Plan of said Town. Allso N° one, N° two, N° three, and N° four, 
being the farm that lieth in the south west corner of the said new 
addition ; being one hundred Acres each, which contains the whole of 
said farm. Allso N° five, N° six, N° seven, N° eight, each of said Lots 
containing one hundred and seven Acres, and three fourths of an Acre, 
which lieth in, and is contained in the farm, and is one quarter of said 



72 CHARTER RECORDS. 

farms lying in the south east corner of the said additional Land, as laid 
out in the Plan of said town. Allso N° nine, N° ten, N° eleven, contain- 
ing one hundred Acres each ; and N° twelve containing fifty Acres, as 
by the Plan herewith inclosed. This whole plan, as it is laid out by M r 
Clarke, the surveyor, contains twelve Acres more, than three hundred 
and fifty Acres. And as you will draw Lots for them, each proprie- 
tor has his chance for the Lots, be the same more or less. Perhaps 
the Grantors may conjecter there may be some design, that the Lot 
N° six which was one of the Lots, that was agreed for, the reservation 
was not in this return, the reason is, it was unknown to John Hill 
Esq r when he agreed that, to be one of the Lots. He did not then 
know that it was set of to the Minister of the town, the Rev d M r 
Moor, for his part of the addition land. And the hundred Acres, 
now contained in the Plan, in the room of N° six, is much better than 
that, as M r Clarke the surveyor will acquaint you. 

Gentlemen. We the Com tee have undertakin to do this, without 
calling the proprietors togeather, for these reasons, first, it would 
have been attended with considerable trouble and expence ; and if 
they had met, & we could not have got a vote, as is possible, by rea- 
son of diferant Minds you must have had your remedy in the Law ; 
which would have been expensive to both. And as the Com tee have 
now laid them out and you take possession ; Nobody can ever disturb 
you. Besides wee think that sufficient power lyeth with the commit- 
tee to do what we have done. 

John Hill ) 

Thomas Cochran > Committee 
James Caldwell ) 
To the Grantors of Masons Clame 



[Draft of Reserved Lots in Addition, 1772.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Nov. 4, 1772, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 7, p. bh.~] 

Province of ) Portsmouth November 4 th 1772. Wednesday 
New Hampshire j three of the Clock afternoon at the dwelling house 
of James Stoodly Esq r Innholder the Proprietors meet according to 
adjournment — 

Whereas John Hill Esq 1 Thomas Cochran and James Caldwell the 
Committee of the Grantees of New Boston hath made a Return of 



NEW BOSTON. 



73 



Plans of the Proprietors the Grantor's Reservation in the New Bos- 
ton addition, which Return of the Said Committee is accepted, and 
therefore — Voted that the Lots returned for the fifteen Proprietors 
shares be now drawn for at this Meeting and that the fifteen lots 
drawn to the Rights of the fifteen Proprietors be Severed by Said 
draft & be to them their Heirs and assigns in Severalty, as they shall 
be drawn and entered to them — and also that the Lot N° twelve as 
returned in one of Said Plans, reputed to contain about forty four 
Acres, be the Same more or less, is reserved out of the draft of Said 
Lots, and that the Same shall be Sold by order & direction of Said 
Proprietors, and the Sum it shall be Sold for, be distributed to y e 
owners of the fifteen Proprietors Rights — 

The Draft of the Lots in New Boston addition and entered to the 
Rights of the fifteen Proprietors — viz* — 
1 st drawn to the Right of Richard Wibird Esq r — 



2 d 

3 d 

5 th 
6 th 

8 th 

9 th 

10 th 

11 th 

12 th 
13 th 
14 th 
15 



to the Right of Joshua Peirce Esq r - 
in s° East Corner 

— to Daniel Peirce Esq 1 & Mary Moor — 

— to m r John Rindge — 

— to Mark Hunk g Wentworth Esq r — 

— to Mess rs Solly and March— 

— to George Jaffrey Esq r — 

— to Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 — 

— to John Moffat Esq 1 — 

— to the Right of Thomas Packer Esq r — 

— to the Right of Tho s Walingford Esq r — 

in S° west Corner 

— to mess rs Meserve Blanchard and Comp a — 

— to the Right of Jotham Odiorne Esq 1 — . 

— to mess rs Thomlinson and Mason — 

— to the Right of John Wentworth Esq r — 



N° 3 — 



7 
14 
17 

1 

2 
5 
4 

2 

10 

9 

11 



74 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Reserved Lots in Addition.'] 





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That Flans J3escriJ>£i tAc (xrdntdt s Reservation.^ 
i.7i?f/ia,i 2kr,l of ^lew Boston known £y ihc TLclttk. of 
iac addition &nd z-s ^Laict Do*n, in a Scale, of one nu.> 
dreA TOods to an znch 

Tcr WiU m Clark Su-rvayt, 



{Petition of Samuel Atkinson, 1778.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 53.] 

To the Honrable Committee for the Proprietors of the Lands Pur- 
chased of John Tuften mason Esqr. in the State of Newhampshire, 
Gentlemen, the Petetion of Samuel Atkenson, who humbly Sheweth 
that your Petitioner Some years Past Did Sundry Servises for S d 
Proprietors in Carying on the Proprietors Lawsuit in Sundry Corts, 
with the Strongest Encouragement of haveing a Satisfaction in Land, 
which your Petetioner has Never yet had — your Petetioner Now 
Prays for a Small Range of Land adjoyning to Alexandria Adition, 
which wos threw a mistake Run out and market by the Proprietors 
of S d Adition, which Range of Land your Petetioner would Settle 
uppon Terms Advantagious to S d Proprietors, and your Petetioner 
as in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray 

June 25 th 1778 Sam 1 Atkinson 



NEW BOSTON. 75 

[Services and Petition of Samuel Atkinson, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 53.] 

Servises Done by Samuel Atkinson for the Proprietors of Mason 
Pattent So Called, in the year 1772 — 

to Attending Court as an Evedence at Severall Terms and Travel- 
ing to and from Court — 

to a Journey from Exeter to Newchester to Summons Evedence 

to fifteen Days Takeing Possession of all ye Lots in Alexandria 
Horse hire & Expences 

1779 February 25 th To the Proprietors of the Lands Purchased of 
John Tufton Mason Esqr. in Newhampshire, Gentlemen — the Petetion 
of Samuel Atkinson, who Humbly Sheweth that your Petetioner Did 
the above Services which weare Attended with uncoman Fatigue Cost 
& Trouble. — but Performed with a full Expectation of being well 
Rewarded for Said Servises by y e Proprietors, by their Grant of 
Some Land which wos Promised by Some proprietors which has Not 
yet been Done, your Petetioner humbly Prays that your Honours 
would Take this Case into their Consideration and Grant your 
Petetioner Such Consideration in Land in the Range Adjoyning 
Alexandria Adition, as your Honours think Proper and your Perti- 
tionor as in Dutey Bound Shall Ever Pray 

Sam 11 Atkinson 



[Jonas Minors Recommendation, 1779.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 54.] 

Portsmouth Feb ry 25 th 1779 

Sir, I hope you will See that Cap* Atkinson is Sattisfied for his Ser- 
vises Done for y e Mason Proprietors, which to my Knowledge wos Cost- 
ley hard & Very Fatigueing — whom if you Reward well, will I am Per- 
s waded for y e future be willing to Do you any Servises, which you 
may Need — these from Sir your most humble Ser 1 

Jonas Minot 

To M r John Penhollow 



76 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition of Thomas Smith.~\ 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 54.] 

Province of ) To the Proprietors of the Land Purchased of 
New Hampsh r \ John Tufton Mason Esq r in Said Province 
Humbly Shews Thomas Smith of New Boston So Called in Said 
Province That about four or five Years ago the Said Proprietors 
Granted to him five Rights in Said New Boston to him & his four 
Sons Since which Robert Boyes Esq Claims one of them that your 
Petitioner has lived there 12 Years Come August next & has made 
Considerable Improvements there but has never had a Copy of the 
Grant made to him as afores d whereby to Quiet him in his possession 
wherefore he Prays that the Premises may be Inquired into & that he 
may have what was So Granted to him he also Prays that you would 
Grant to him that Gore of Land lying between Hales Town & Said 
New Boston on which he has also made Some Improvements for him 
& his four Sons w ch they are willing to Purchase at the Value & Im- 
mediately Settle for all w ch Your Petitioner shall pray &c — 

Thomas Smith 
Resolved in y e negative 



NEWBURY. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors to James Minot, Jr., and others as 
Dantzic, June 4, 1753. Regranted Feb. 5, 1772, to John Fisher. Incorpor- 
ated as Fishersifield Nov. 27, 1778, and named in honor of John Fisher. The 
present name was adopted June 28, 1837, to take effect July 4, 1837. The 
Masonian grant of Hereford Aug. 7, 1754, was included within these limits. 
Newbury was taken from Cheshire County and annexed to Hillsborough at the 
time of incorporation, and became a part of Merrimack County on its formation. 
A portion of the town was included in the limits of Goshen, incorporated Dec. 27, 
1791. Two tracts of land were severed and annexed to Bradford, one Dec. 6, 
1796, and the other June 23, 1859. 

See XII, Hammond Town Papers, 662; Index to Laws, 188, 403; sketch by 
N. C. Lear, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 415 ; Stewart's History 
of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 400.] 



[Charter of Dantzic, 1753.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 56.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power & Authority Granted & 

New Hamp r \ vested in me the Subscriber by the Prop rs of Lands 

purchased of John Tuffton Mason Esq r in the Province of New Hamp r 



NEWBURY. 77 

by their vote passed at their meeting held at Portsm in s d Province 
the Sixth day of December 1751 

I do by these Presents on the Terms and Limetations with the 
Reservations here after expressed give & grant all the Right Title 
Property & Possession of the Prop rs afores d unto James Minott Jun r 
Jabez Hatch John Martain Willfret Fisher Tho s Downe Tho s Down 
Jun r Ebenezer Stevenes Benj a Stevenes Hugh Sunderlin John Mel- 
lidy James Bulkley John Deney Tho s Hake John Haskins Rob 1 Ers- 
kins John Wardell Sam 1 adams Joseph adams Joseph Elson Benj a 
White John Hill Jun r Will 111 Hill Henry Maxwell Hill, John Fowle 
Jun r James Fowle Jun r Josiah Fowle Lenoard Fowle Jere 11 Gridley 
Esq r John Fowle Esq r Jn° Hill Esq r Isaac Colburn Will m Cox Jona- 
than Butterfield Charles Cox Oliver Colburn W m Eayres Benj a Far- 
well Will m Harris Jonathan Farwell Benj a Thomson Samuel Searles 
Eleaz r Farwell Sam 1 Hueston Philip Olerike Joseph Peirce Will™ 
Parker Jun r Caleb page Edward Russell Tho s Parker Jun r & Abeel 
Richardson of In & to that Tract of Land or Township lying in the 
Province of New Hamp r afores d Containing Twenty three thousand 
and Forty acres Bounded a followeth Begining at the Southwest Cor- 
ner of the Premises in the Western Line of Masons Patant as Lately 
run fifty one miles & a Quarter northerly in the Course of the Patant 
line from y e northern boundarys of y e Massachusetts, from thence 
runing south 65 Degrees East Six miles and an half to a tree marked 
from thence North 42 Degrees East three miles and three Quarters to 
a tree marked from thence N. 46 Degrees East two miles and three 
Quarters to a tree marked from thence North 65 Degrees West Six 
miles & an half to the s d Patant Line from thence by the Said Patant 
line to the first Bounds mentioned which Tract of Land is called 
Dantzwick — 

To them their Heirs & Assigns To Have & to Hold on the follow- 
ing Terms & Conditions with the Reservations hereinafter expressed 
viz* that the Tract or Township afores d be devided into one Hundred 
& twenty three Equal Shares two Lotts at the Least to Each Share 
to be finished & drawn for in Sone equitable Manner at or Before 
the Last day of November 1755 

That three of the afores d Shares be & hereby are granted free from 
Charge one for the first Setled Minister one for the ministry & one 
for the School there forever 

That twenty more of the s d Shares be Reserved for the Grantors 
their Heirs & Assigns forever & Aquited from all Duty and Charge 
untill Improved by the owners or Some Holding under them Re- 
spectively — 

That the owners of the other Shares make Setlem ts at their own 



78 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Expence in y e following Manner viz* Each Grantee at the Expiration 
of five Yeares from the Last Day of November next after the Date 
Hereof have three acres Parcell of his Right respectively clered in- 
closed & fitted for mowing or Tillage, three Acres more clered In- 
closed & fitted as afores d then Next annually for three Yeares & at 
the End of three Yeares which will be on the Last Day of Novem r 
1761 have each a dwelling house built & finished fit & Comfortable 
for a famaly to Dwell in & a family or Some Person to inhabit & con- 
tinue Inhabitancy there for three Yeares then Next coming — 

That a conveniant Meeting house be built in Said Township with- 
in Eight Yeares from this Date and ten Acres of Land Reserved 
there for Public Use, That the Lands in Said Township belonging to 
Grantors & Grantees be Subjected to have all Necessary Highways 
lay'd thr6 y m as there Shall be Ocation for the future 

That the Afores d Grantees their Heirs or Assignes by a Maj r Vote 
in public meeting called for that Purpose grant & assess in Eaqual 
Proportion such sum or sums of money as they shall think necessary 
for Carrying forward & Compleating the setlem* Afors d & every of 
the Grantees (Exclusive of the three Public Lotts) or his Assigne 
Who Shall Neglect for the space of sixty Days after Such Assessment 
Shall be granted to pay the Same so much of Such Delinq ts Right 
Shall & may be Sold as will pay the Respective Taxes and all Charges 
ariseing thereon, by a Com ee to be appointed by the Grantees or their 
Assignees for that purpose and In Case any of the Grantees or their 
assignees Shall Neglect or Refuse to perform any of the articles Mat- 
ters or things Afores d by him Respectively to be don he Shall forfit 
his Right in said Township & every part thereof to those of the 
grantees or their Imeadiate assignes who Shall have Complyed with 
the Conditions on their part Herein Expressed as it Shall and may be 
Lawfull for them or any Person by their Authority to enter Into and 
upon the Right of Such Delinq* owners and any and every part in the 
Name and Behalf of the whole of the Grantees or their Imeadiate As- 
signes Who Shall Comply as afores d to amove oust and Expell for the 
Use of them their Heirs and Assignes provided they Settle or Cause 
to be Settled Each Such Delinq ts Right within the Term of one Year 
at the furthest from the Periods this is by this Instrument Stipulated 
to be Don as the Condition of this Grant and fully Comply with the 
Whole Duty Such Delinq* ought to have Don within one Year from 
time to time After the Respective periods thereof and In Case the 
Grantees or their assignees fullfilling on their parts as afore d Shall 
Neglect fullfilling as afores d the Duty of any Delinq* owner as afores d 
then Such Right or part Shall be forfit Revert & Belong to the 
grantors their Heirs and Assignes and be Wholley at their Disposeal 



NEWBURY. 



79 



allways provided there be no Indian War within any of the Terms 
afores d for Doing the Duty Conditioned in the Grant and in Case that 
Should Happen the Same Time to be allowed for the Respective mat- 
ters afores d after Such Impidiment Shall be Removed 

Lastly that all White pine trees fit for Masting his Majestys Royal 
Navy growing on s d Tract of Land be and Hereby are granted to his 
Majesty his Heirs and Successors forever to all Which Premises I 
Joseph Blanchard agent for and In Behalf of the prop rs the Grantors 
have here unto set my hand and seal this fourth Day of June in the 
Twenty Sxth Year of His Majestys Reign Annoq Domini 1753 — 

Joseph Blanchard [l. s.] 

A True Coppy Examined 

f) Robert Fletcher Proprietors Clerk 



[Acceptance of Charter, 1753.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 57.] 

Att a meeting of the Prop rs (the Grantees) of the tract of Land or 
Township Called Dantzwick in the Province of New Hampshire held 
at Dunstable the twelfth day of July — 1753 — 

The following vote passed Unanimously — 

Whereas the Prop rs of Lands in the Province of New Hampshire 
purchased by them of John Tufton Mason Esq who Sold them under 
the title made by a Comon recovery did on the fourth day of June 
1753 Grant the Quantity of twenty three thousand & forty acres (by 
Estimation part of S d Lands Bounded as followeth Begining at the 
Southwesterly Corner of the Premises on the Western line of Masons 
Patent as Lately run forty Six miles and a Quarter northwardly in 
the Course of the Patent line from the Northern Boundary of the 
massachusetts from thence runing South Sixty five degrees east Six 
miles And an half to a tree marked from thence north forty two deg ees 
East three miles And three Quarters to a tree marked from thence 
north forty Six deg s east two miles and a Quarter to a tree marked 
from thence north Sixty five dg s west Six miles And An half to the 
S d Patent line from thence by the S d Patent line to the first Bounds 
mentioned Which tract of Land or Township is Called Dantzwick. 
Unto James Minot Jun r Jabez Hatch John Martin Welfrett Fisher 
Thomas Down Jun r Eben r Stevens Benj a Stevens Hugh Sunderlin 
John Melledy James Bulkley John Denney Thomas Hake John 
Haskins Robert Erskins John Wardwell Samuel Adams Joseph Adams 
Joseph Elson Benjamin White John Hill Jun r William Hill Henry 



8o 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



Maxwell Hill John Fowle Jun r James Fowle Jun r Josiah Fowle Leon- 
ard Towle Jerrymiah Gridley Esq John Fowle John Hill Esq s Isaac 
Colburn William Cox Jonathan Butterfleld Charles Cox Oliver Col- 
burn William Eayres Benj a Farwell William Harris Jonathan Farwell 
Benjamin Tompson Sam 1 Searles Eleazer Farwell Samuel Huston 
Phillip Olerick Joseph Peirce William Parker Jun 1 ' Caleb Page 
Edward Russell Thomas Parker Jun r & Abiel Richardson under Cer- 
tain Conditions Limitations & Reservations in S d Grant mentioned As 
by Reference thereto will fully Appear Therefore voted — 

That wee do hereby Accept S d Title And for our Selves our Heirs 
And assigns do acknowledge that we hold said lands under Said Title 
Conditions & Limitations with the Reservations Therein Mentioned — 

Extract from y e votes Exam d ^ J Blanchard Mod r 

Copy from the Files Examined ^ 

Robert Fletcher Proprietors Clerk — 



[Plan of Dantzic, 1753.] 




[Charter of Hereford, Aug. 7, 1754.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 58.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power And Authority Granted 

NewHamp 1 ) And vested in me by the Prop rs of Lands purchased 

of John Tufton Mason Esq in the Province of New Hampshire by 

their vote pass'd at their meeting held at Ports the Sixth day of 

December 1751 — 



NEWBURY. 



I do by these presents on the terms Conditions & Limitations with 
the Reservations herein After Express'd Give And Grant all the 
Right title property & possession of the prop 1-8 afores d in the following 
proportions of Interest viz* unto Robert Jenkings of Boston Merchant 
One full Sixth & One full twelfth part Unto Jeremiah Gridley Esq 
One full Sixth part & unto M r Henry Price One full Sixth part, both 
of Boston afores' 1 & unto M 1 ' Robert Fletcher Jun r of Dunstable One 
Sixth part & unto Capt Peter Prescott of Concord One full Sixth & 
One full twenty fifth part & to Benjamin Hatch & James Hatch both 
of Boston One fiftheth part each Of in And to that tract of Land 
Lying in the Province of New Hamp r afores d Containing by Esti- 
mation twenty four Thousand Acres be it more or less Bounded as 
followeth — Begining at the Southwesterly Corner of a tract of Land 
Called Dantzick the western line of Masons Patent As latelv run 
forty Six miles And a quarter in the Course of the S d Patent line, 
Northerly from the northern Boundary of the Massachusetts And 
Runs from thence in the Southerly line of Dantzick afores' 1 South 
Sixty five degrees East untill it Intersects a line of that tract of Land 
Called Perrys town And from thence by s d Perrys town s Westerly 
bounds till it Comes to the Southwesterly Corner thereof, And from 
thence South five And An half Degrees East two miles And An half 
to a Beech tree marked from thence South Eighty four and an Half 
degrees west About one mile And three quarters to the Northeasterly 
Corner of that tract of Land Called New Concord (or Manad k N° 8), 
and from thence westerly by the Northern line of the S d New Con- 
cord to the Northwesterly Corner thereof in the Afores d Patent line 
And from thence riming northerly in the Afores d Patent line 
to the first Bounds mentioned which S d tract of Land is & hence for- 
ward Shall be Called Hereford, To Have and To Hold to the afore 
named Grantees their Heirs and Assigns According their Severall 
And Respective Interests as afore Specified, On the following terms 
and Conditions with the Reservations herein After express'd viz* — 

That There be One Hundred And twenty three lotts Lay'cl out in 
s d tract of As Equall vallue as may be Situation And Goodness of 
Land Considered none to be less than Thirty Acres nor none more 
than fifty in the most Convenient place within the S d tract for making 
Settlement of a town, And drawn for in Some Open Equitable man- 
ner Att or before the last day of August 1756 — 

That the Remainder of S d tract (Exclusive of the Barron Moun- 
tains which is Supposed to be About Five Thousand Acres) be 
Divided in the most Equitable Manner they Can into One Hundred 
And Twenty three Shares of Equal vallue As near as may be and 
6 



82 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Drawn for in manner As afores d within One Year at Furthest next 
After ten men Shall be Settled & Inhabit On S d tract — 

That the Remaining part of s d tract in like manner be Divided & 
Drawn for when the s d Grantors & Grantees by majority of votes 
According to Interest Shall Determin 

That three of the Afores d Shares be And hereby Are Granted 
free from Charge One for the first Setled minister One for the 
Ministry And One for the School there forever 

That twenty More of the S d Shares Accounting An Hundred and 
Twenty Third part to a Share be Reserved to and for the Grantors 
their Heirs And Assigns forever And Acquitted from all duty and 
Charge untill Improved by the Owners or Some holding under them 
Respectively — 

That the Afores d Jeremiah Gridley Henry Price & Robert Fletcher 
make five Settlements each, every of which Settlement on One Sep- 
erate lott of the first to be lay'd Out as afores d Respectively & in 
like manner That Cap* Peter Prescott make four Settlements Benj a 
Hatch & James Hatch Two Settlements each & Robert Jenkings 
Seven Settlements in the following manner. — viz* that at or before 
the expiration of five years from the date hereof they Respectively on 
Each lott where each Such Settlement is to be made have three Acres 
Clered Inclosed And fitted for mowing or tillage three Acres more 
then next Annually Clered Inclosed & fitted for mowing or tillage as 
afores d for three years then next — And That at the end of three 
Years and four months from the first Period of Improvements which 
will be on the Seventh day of December 1762 they have On Each 
Such Settlement a Dwelling house fitted and finished for Com- 
fortable Dwelling in And a family or Some person Inhabit & Con- 
tinue Inhabitancy there for three Years then next Coming — 

Also that Jeremiah Gridley Henry Price Robert Fletcher & 
Peter Prescott make two Settlements more Each in Manner afores d 
to be Compleated And finished at or before the first day of Decem- 
ber 1766 — And That the S d Robert Jenkins at the Same period & 
in like Manner have three more Settlements Compleated & finished 
which Settlements Severally to be made on One lot Respectively 

That a Convenient Meeting house be built in the most Conven- 
ient place, for the first Settlers, On S d tract within Eight Years 
from this date & finished & ten Acres of Land Reserved there for 
publick Use — 

That the afores d Grantees their Heirs or assigns by a major vote 
Grant And Assess Such further Sum or Sums of money as they 
Shall Think necessary for Carrying forward And Compleating the 
Settlement Afores d & every of the Grantees (exclusive of the 



NEWBURY. 83 

three publick lotts) or his Assignee who Shall neglect for the Space 
of Sixty days after Such Tax Shall be granted to pay his Respec- 
tive Proportion Therein so much of Such Delinquents Right or 
Share Shall & may be Sold as will pay the Respective taxes And all 
Charges Ariseing Thereon by a Com'itte to be Appointed by the 
Grantees or their Assignees for that purpose 

And in Case the Grantees or Any of their Assignees Shall neglect 
or Refuse to Perform Any of the Articles matters & Things afores* 1 
by him Respectively to be done he Shall forfeit his Right & part in 
S d Township to those of the Grantees or those of their Imediate 
Assignees who Shall not be Delinquent on their parts, And it Shall 
And may be Lawfull for them or Any person or Persons by Their 
Authority to Enter into And upon the Right of Such Delinquent 
Owner And Any & every part thereof & him or them to Amove 
Oust & expell for their use their heirs & Assigns Provided they 
Settle or Cause to be Settled & Comply with the whole duty Such 
Delinquent Owner Ought to have done within the term of One Year 
at the Furthest from the Severall Periods that is by this Instrument 
Stipulated to be done as the Condition of this grant 

And in case the Grantees or their Assignees fullfilling On Their 
parts as af ores' 1 Shall neglect fullfilling the Duty of any Delinquent 
Owner as afores d that then all Such Right and Interest part and 
parts That Such Delinquent grantee and his Assigns hold or might 
hold in consequence of this grant Shall be forfeit Revert and belong 
to the Grantors their Heirs and Assigns and be wholly at Their dis- 
posall 

Always Provided there be no Indian war within Any of The 
Terms afores d for doing the duty conditioned in this grant & in Case 
that Should Happen the Same time to be Allowed for the Respec- 
tive Matters afores d after Such Impediment Shall be Removed — 

Lastly That all White pine trees fit for masting his Majestys 
Royall Navy Growing On Said tract of Land be and hereby are 
Granted to his Majesty his Heirs And Successors forever 

To all Which Premises I Joseph Blanchard for and in behalf of the 
Prop rs the Grantors have hereunto Sett my hand & Seal this Seventh 
day of August in the twenty eighth Year of his Majestys Reign 
A D. 1754 

Memorandum before Signing and Executing this Instrument Any 
thing beforewritten to the Contrary Notwithstanding — it is to be 
understood — That, That tract of Land aforementioned Called 
Dantzick is Supposed to lap and Interfere with that tract Called 
Perrys town And the true Intent And design of the Grantors is, that 
the Prop rs of Dantzick Should hold & Enjoy the Same quantity as is 



84 CHARTER RECORDS. 

by their grant Sett forth & if prejudiced or Eluded by Any Prior 
Grant, to be Recompensed with Equall Quantity of Land On their 
Southerly line Bounding Easterly On Perrys Town Westerly on y e 
Patent line And Southerly by a parell line with the Southerly line of 
Dantzick Including Such quantity by that line And there being Only 
Perrys town that Interferes, therefore Within the Bounds Specified 
in this grant is Reserved to the Order & Direction of the Grantors 
in the form afores d so much Land as the S d Dantzick Interferes or 
Lap's on S d Perrys town Accordingly 

Signed Sealed & Deliv d Joseph Blanchard J L. S. > 

In presence of ' — — 5 

Tempel Kendall 

David Aadames 

A True Copy Examined by 

Peter Prescott Prop 18 Clerk 



[Acceptance of Charter, 1754.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 59.] 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq r as agent for & in Behalf of y e 
Prop rs of the Lands Laying in the Province of New Hampshire, 
Purchased by them of John Tufton Mason Esq r Who Sold them 
under the Title Made by a Common Recovery Did on y e Seventh 
Day of August 1754 Grant the Quantity of Twenty four Thousand 
Acres Bounded as Followeth Begining at y e Southwest Corner of a 
Tract of Land Called Danzick on y e Western Line of Masons Pattent 
as Lately Run Forty Six Miles and a Quarter in y e Course of y e Said 
Pattent Line Northerly from the Northern Bounderys of y e Massa- 
chusets and runs from thence on the Southerly Line of Danzick 
afores d South Sixty five Degrees East until! it Intersects a Line of 
that Tract of Land Called Perrys Town and from thence by Said 
Perrys Town Westerly Bounds Till it comes to y e Southwesterly 
Corner thereof and from thence South five and an half Degrees 
East two Miles and an half to a Beach Tree, from thence South 
Eighty four and an half degrees West about one Mile and three 
Quarters to the Northeast Corner of that Tract of Land Called New 
Concord or Monadnock N° Eight and from thence Westerly by e 
Northern Line of y e aforesaid New Concord to y e Northwestwardly 
Corner thereof in y e aforesaid Pattent Line and from thence runing 
Northerly by y e Said Pattent Line to y e first Bounds Mentioned 



NEWBURY. 85 

under Certain Conditions, Limetations & Reservations in S' 1 Grant 
mention'd as by S d Grant Reference thereto will fully appear unto 
Rob* Jenkins Jeremiah Gridley Esq r Henery Price, Robert Fletcher 
Ju r Peter Prescott, Benjamin Hatch & James Hatch. — 

Therefore unanimously Voted that we do hereby accept Said Title 
and for our Selves our Heirs And assigns Do Acknowledge that we 
do hold Said Lands under Said Title Conditions and Limetations 
with the Reservations therein Mentioned Extract from the Votes of 
the Prop 18 of y e Township Called Hereford at their Meeting August 
y e 8 th 1754 

Copy Examined p r Peter Prescott Prop rs Cle r 

This certifies that Cap* Peter Prescott after his choice to y e office 
of Prop rs Clerk in y e Propriety of y e Township of Hereford was 
Sworn to y e faithfull Discharge of that Trust — 

Before Joseph B Ian chard J s p s 

Copy Examin d P r Peter Prescott p rs Cle r 



[Petition of Grantees of Hereford, 1768.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 60.] 

To the Hon ble the Proprietors of Mason's Patent 

The Memorial of Henry Price Esq r On behalf of himself & 
Associates Humbly Shews 

That some time in the Year 1755 Your Memorialists obt' 1 a Grant 
under said Patent of a Township in Menadnoc N° 9. known by the 
name of Hereford under certain Limitations & reservations which 
by reason of the War in the first part of the time, & the Inaccessi- 
bility of Roads in the Latter Your Memorialists have not hitherto 
been able to comply with, and conclude the said Grant forfeited. 

That inasmuch as (notwithstanding the premises) Your Memorial- 
ist & associates have been at great Expence in laying out & Survey- 
ing to the Amount of X50. lawful, And as Your Memorialists are 
now extreamly desirous to settle the same Township according to 
Charter & have it fully in their Power (with Your Honours leave) 
now so to do 

They pray a Confirmation of the same Grant, And shall Ever 
pray &c 

Portsmouth Henry Price 

24 th March 1768. Rob* Jenkins 

for Selfs & Associates 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Petition for Grrant.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Yol. 7, p. 61.] 

Province of ) To the Honourable the Purchasers of the Claim 
New Hampshire ) of John Tufton Mason Esq r in New Hampshire. — 

We the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Town of Merrymac in said 
Province having a great mind to promote the Settlement, Cultiva- 
tion, and Improvement, of the Land that Lyes unimproved in said 
Province belonging to your Honours, We do Humbly request your 
Honours to grant us a Certain Tract of Land lying North from Hills- 
borrough about Fifteen or Twenty Miles near a Pond called Sanapy 
Pond which Tract of Land lyes Invironed in with Mountains on every 
side, and is near Fifteen Miles from any Settlements and has hitherto 
been Esteemed of Little Value, which we presume is the reason it 
has not yet been petitioned for or granted. 

But we think that if your Honors would be so kind as to grant us 
a Tract of Land there Containing Six Miles Square it will be a 
Means of Promoting and Improveing the uncultivated Lands in Said 
Province and we hope of no Disadvantage to your Honours — Your Pe- 
titioners in Duty bound will ever Pray. — 

Merrimack Octo r 21 st 1768. 



John Neal 
Benj a Hassell 
Henry Parkinson 
Elezer Usher 
Joseph McClenche 
Tho s Clark 
Willam melven 
Jesse Willson 
Andrew Shannon 
thomas Gillis 
John Alld 
Timothy Taylor 
thomas mCluer 
Robert Usher 
Harris Ellery Fudger 
John Thompson 
Will 111 Gibson 



Benf Goold 
Solomon Hutchinson 
W m Usher 
James Cochran 
John Patten 
Timothy Clark 
John Stearns 
James Clark 
Jonathan willson 
William Howard 
Eben r Hill 
David Ttruel 
George Lancey 
Hugh gillis 
Ebenezer Parker 
Samuel Spaulding 
William Neal 



Willi 111 Patten 
Abner Hutchinson 
William Patten juner 
John m c Clenche 
David Hubbard 
James Underwood 
John Combs 
Abel Hassall 
Jacob willson 
Alexander Orr 
Amos Truel 
John taggard 
Thomas Cowan 
daniel Stearns 
William Thompson 
James Taylor 



NEWBURY. 



87 



[Another Petition for Grant, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 61.] 



\ To the Honourable the Purchasers of the 
j Claim of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 in said Prov- 



Province of 
New Hampshire 
ince 

We the Subscribers Humbly request your Honours would be so 
good as to Grant us a Tract of Land bounded Southerly by Hills- 
borrough & Campden Westerly by the Curve line, Northerly by 
Sanapy Pond (so Called) and Easterly by Periys Town (so Called) 
& New Bradford (so Called) being a Gore of Land left there, which 
piece of Land we Humbly Request your Honours would be so good 
as to Grant to us as it will be a means of forwarding the Settlement 
of your Land in this Province and we hope Beneficial to us — Your 
Petitioners in Duty Bound will ever Pray — 

Merrymack March 6 th 1769 



John Neal 
James Alld 
Henry Parkinson 
John Combs 
Jonathan Willson 



Willom Patten 
John alld 
James Underwood 
Jacob Willson 
John Patten 



William Patten Juner David trwl 



Abner Hutchinson 
Daniel Stearns 
Ephraim Hildrith 
John Stearns 
W m Gibson 
John M c Clenche 
James Cochran 
William Thompson 
Francis Dimon 
John Goffe 
Thomas Mitchell 



Thomas Clark 
will am mcluer J r 
John taggart 
William Usher 
Ebenezer Parker 
Joseph M c Clenche 
Timothy Clarke 
William Howard 
Eliph* Neal 
Amos Truel 
James Nichols 
W m M c Cluer 



William Alld 
Harris Ellery Fudger 
Elezer Usher 
Jesse Willson 
George Lancey 
Solomon Hutchinson 
William Neal 
Thomas Cowan 
Ebenezer Hills 
James Taylor 
Thomas M c Cluer 
Robert Usher 
John Quigely 
Samuel Spaulding 
James Clark 
william mitchel 
Jon a Moulton 



[Plan and Petition for Grant, 1769.] 

Wyseman Clagett Esq r Sir 

Please to inform the Purchasers of the Claim of John Tufton 
Mason Esq r that there was a Petition Lodg'd in the Office of George 
JafTery Esq r for a Tract of Land Lying North of Hillsborrough (about 



88 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Three Months past) which Petition was Sign'd by the Inhabitants 
of Merrymac, and they were afterwards informed that a Township 
lying thereabouts was Promised to Matthew Thornton and Stephen 
Holland Esq rs The said Petitioners were afterwards to the Cost of 
sending up three Persons and Viewing the Township which the said 
Thornton & Holland had Run Round & Spotted, & found that there 
was near Land enough left between that Tract & the Curve Line to 
make a Township, which the said Petitioners would be very glad to 
Obtain, and we the Subscribers in Behalf of said Petitioners would 
be much Obliged to you if you'l be so good as to Present our Peti- 
tion to their Honours and pray them to Grant said Tract to us 
We are with due Regard Your Very Humble Serv ts 
Portsm March 11 th 1769 John Neal 

John Quigely 
To meet on Wednesday- 






FarysTor 




Tie* Bradford 



J ms £un 



d'/ *<* /\r/Uhlorrou ? L TlumhcSiK t/o/Ju 



[Vote of Masonian Proprietors, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 62.] 

At a Meeting of y e Proprietors of y e Lands purchased of Jn° Tufton 
Mason Esq ur in New Hampsh r Convened at y e Request of Maj r Ezek 1 
Price at Portsm on Fryday y e 8 th day of June 1770 — 

In Conference on y e Subject of a grant of y e forfeited Tract of land 
formerly granted by y e name of Hereford — It was concluded that 
maj r Price at his own Expense get a true Plan made by actual Survey 
by a Skillfull Surveyor of s d Hereford by y e bounds as expressed in y e 
former grant, and describing in y e Plan the large Rivers Ponds, and 



NEWBURY. 



8 9 



large mountains not fit for any proportionable Lot or share in S' 1 Tracts 
and to have y e lines on any other Town granted described and to have 
y e whole laid out into five hundred Acre Lots as equaly laid out as 
may be with a Suitable Reservation for y e first minister — and for y ( ' 
ministry, and for a School for a meeting House Training Field bury- 
ing Ground &c and to have a particular description of y e whole ex- 
press'd in y e Plan — and y e Same to be perform'd & Returned to Said 
Proprietors by y e 20 th day of September next 

attest Geo : Jaffrey Cl e 



[Henry Price to George Jaffrey, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 63.] 

Boston Sep br 10 : 1770 
Sir/ As the Orders 1 Rec d of your Honour Was to Return a Survoy 
of Hereford by the 20th of this Instant I aplyed to M r Robert Fletcher 
in time but hea Was Soe Ingadged in Beiesness that hea Could Not 
Attend tell the Begining of October I Considered Noe Survoyer Can 
Doe that Perticulor Work Soe Well as hea I have a Mind to be very 
Correct in the Watter as Well as the Lime of perrys town Soe I hope 
by the time hea is redy the Leaves Will fall and the town Will be 
Better Laid Out and the Rode Better Made for Pasing Nothing Shall 
be Wanting on My Part to Give the Lords proprioters the best Dis- 
covery I Can of the Lands thare abouts in the Mean Wheile Gentel- 
men I Remeain your Obediant Hum ble Sar 1 

Henry Price 
N : B : My Compliment to your Lady Wee Seem to have a Deall 
of News its Said Our Cassell is in the Kings hand and Our Charter is 
Not Much Better then Gon all the Men of Warr from Hallafax are 
Coming to Boston With the troops 



[Henry Price to Greorge Jaffrey, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 64.] 

Boston Nov br 19 : 1770 
Sir/ I have Wrote to you by M r John Wendell of Ports Mouth Con- 
serning the Setteling of' Hereford Which I Should be glad to be Laid 
before the proprieter the Only Way is to Intrest M r Wendell on this 



90 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Side the pattern Line Which May bring hirn to a trew way of think- 
ing it Was Col° Lutchwich opinnion When I went up With him M r 
Wendell Will Inform the Lords proprieters More of Our Converta- 
tion More plain then 1 Can Right Soe I Rest the Whole With you and 
Sir Remeain your Most Obediant Hura bl Sar* allways to Comand — 

Henry Price 



[Henry Price to Proprietors, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 65.] 

Boston Nov m 19 1770 

Gent 11 — 

I wrote y r Hon rs some time Agoe That I would proceed to Herri- 
ford to lay Out &c When M r Flecher could Attend who promiss me 
y e Second week in Octo r — I left word At his house for him to Send 
me word to Col n Lutwich s what time he could Attend bute when I 
got thare could Not hear Any Acc te of him : Nor Since : Only that he 
could Not Attend at all : I find y e Committee had Agread with a Man 
to Clear y e Roads through Herriford : As I belive thare Duty So to 
doe 

M r John Wendell of Port 111 will take Care to pay the Men for Clear- 
ing y e roads & See y e Town lay d Out & A proper plane Exhibeted to 
y e Proprietors Accordeng to y e Instructions Given Me & he will give 
in bond for that performance : If A Charter Can be given him & 
Me : — As he is better Acquained with y e people on that part of y e 
Country then I Can possable be : So y e town may Soon be Settled by 
him & Me So Reffar y e Whole to y r Hon rs Judgment: & think with 
my Own to be the best for all partys Conseirn d So Conclude with y r 
Com (ls & remain 

Gent m Y r Most Obed* hum 1 Ser* 

Henry Price 

To y e Hon r y e Proprietors of Masson Clame In New Hamp r 



[Petition of Jonas Minot, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 66.] 

To the Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 ' and others Proprietors of 
Mason's Patent so called — 



NEWBURY. 



9 1 



The humble Petition of Jonas Minot of Concord in the County of 
Middle x & Prov e of the Massachusets Bay for himself & in Behalf of 
others — 

Praying the Grant of a Township of Land within said Patent com- 
monly called Hereford upon the Curve Line, which Town he would 
take upon Conditions as advantageous to the Grantors as any hereto- 
fore granted, and will engage to fulfil said Conditions on his Part — 

Portsm June 24 th 1771 Jonas Minott 



[Petition of John Fisher, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 67.] 

To the Hon We Theodore Atkinson Esq r and the other Gentlemen 
Purchasers of Masons Patent the Petition of John Fisher sheweth 

That being some time since informed that the Township of Herre- 
ford within the said Patent was forfeited by the former Grantees for 
default of performing the Conditions of the Grant but that a Promise 
had been made to the said Grantees Price & Jenkins of a Regrant of 
the said Town — That your Petitioner on the strength of that Promise 
have been and still is in Treaty with the said Grantees for their Claim 
for that Town — Your Petitioner therefore prays that your Honors 
will grant to him and his Associates the said Township, and he is 
ready to enter into any securities for the immediate settlement of the 
said Town and for the fulfilling of such Terms as Your Honors shall 
think fit 

and your Petitioner shall ever pray & c 

Portsm 24 th June 1771. J Fisher 



[Charter of Fishersfield, 1772.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Feb. 5, 1772.] 

Voted that there be and hereby is granted (on the Terms Condi- 
tions and Limitations herein after declared) unto John Fisher of 
Salem in the County of Essex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay 
Esq r all the Right, Title, Interest, Claim Property and Demand of 
Said Proprietors in and unto a certain Tract of Land in said Province, 
now known by the name of Fishersfield, twenty two thousand Acres 
more or less bounded as follow's viz 1 Begining at a Beach Tree marked 



92 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Standing in the Curve line of Mason's Patent so called, thence run- 
ning South eighty degrees east Seven miles and one hundred and forty 
four Rods to a Beach tree marked, thence north thirty degrees east 
one mile and a half to Parry's town South line so called, from thence 
South eighty five degrees West Sixty Rods to a white Oak tree the 
South West corner of Parry's Town thence north Sixteen degrees 
West on Said Parrystown line Six miles and two hundred and forty 
Six rods to a beach tree the north west Corner of Parrys town, then 
West one mile and one hundred rods to Sunnapee Pond and to meet 
the Curve line in the Pond, thence Southerly on Said line to the west 
Side of Said pond, thence Six miles and one half to the first men- 
tioned bounds on Said Curve line-To Have and to Hold the Said 
Granted and Bargained Premises with all the Privileges and Appur- 
tenances to him the Said John Fisher his Heirs and assigns to his and 
their proper use benefit and behoof on the following Terms and Con- 
ditions and on no other viz* That one Third of the Said Tract of Land 
be reserved and appropriated to the use of the Said Proprietors the 
Grantors in these Presents exempted freed and discharged of and from 
any and all Charge of Settlement viz* towards laying out making re- 
pairing and rendering passable any publick roads or high Ways in 
Said Township or any publick Buildings that shall be necessary and 
made or erected and built in Said Township untill the Same shall be 
improved by the Owners of the parts so reserved or sold by them, or 
in proportion to the Quantity which shall be sold or improved, which 
Privilege of Exemption shall extend to all kind of Charges and 
Expences that shall arise in and about the Settling said Tract of land 
from the beginning to the perfect Completion thereof — That the said 
Reservation be laid out in three equal Divisions one on each of the 
longest Sides of Said Tract of Land and each Division to be severed 
into five equal Shares or Lotts by visible metes and Bounds, and these 
Lotts are to be numbered one two and so on to fifteen inclusively 
which are to be mark'd number'd and delineated on a Plan by the 
grantee returned to the Grantors within twelve months from the date 
of this Vote the Appropriation of each Lott to y e respective Owner 
be drawn for as usual — That there be High ways laid out and cleared 
to each of said Lotts from the main publick Road or high Way in 
Said Township for the Conveniency of the Owner of each of Said 
Lotts — That twenty five Families be Settled on Said Tract of land 
each to have a dwelling house and resident on the Same each Family 
to have at least three acres of land cleared fenced and fitted for mow- 
ing or Tillage within three years from the fifteenth day of May next 
ensuing The date hereof — That two hundred Acres be laid out and 
granted to the first Minister of the Gospel who shall Settle and con- 



NEWBURY. 



93 



tinue there during his life, unless the Inhabitants and he shall other- 
ways agree, and two hundred Acres more for the use of the Ministry 
or as a Glebe or Parsonage forever, and a Convenient Spot be 
assigned and left for building an House for the publick Worship of 
God and that a Suitable one be built in three years from the date of 
this Grant — That there be a Lot of Land of two hundred Acres laid 
out and appropriated to and for the use of a publick school for ever, 
and a Lot of ten Acres of Land be laid out and left for the use of a 
Train Field and other publick Uses — 

That the main or principal road or high Ways through the Town- 
ship be laid out four rods wide and the Cross roads or high Ways two 
rods where Such Ways shall be necessary and convenient for the 
Inhabitants — and lastly that in case of failure or default of Comply- 
ing with and Performance of the Articles Matters and things above- 
mentioned to be done by the Grantee in these Presents the said Tract 
of Land shall be forfeited and revert to the Grantors, and it shall be 
lawfull for them or any of them in behalf of the rest or any one whom 
they shall order to reenter into the Premises without Suit and to be 
again Seized in their aforesaid Right as if these Presents had not been 
granted and made and it shall be lawfull for the Grantors their 
Agents or Attorney or attorneys to enter into and upon said Premises 
before the Expiration of Said Term to examine and See whether the 
Terms aforesaid are like to be fulfilled Seasonably — The Grantors 
also reserve all white pine trees fit for His Majesty's use growing on 
the Premises according to the Statutes in that Case provided 

Lastly the Grantors do hereby promise and engage to the Grantee 
aforesaid, to defend him his Heirs and assigns, against all and every 
Action and law Suit, that shall be prosecuted, moved, and Stirred 
against him or them, by any Person or persons whomsoever, claiming 
the said land or any part thereof, by any other title than the title of 
the Grantors aforesaid, or that from whence their's is derived, with 
this Condition and Limitation, that in Case the Said Grantee his 
Heirs or assigns be ejected and ousted by any Such Right or Title, 
that then they shall recover nothing of and from the Grantors afore- 
said their Heirs Executors or Administrators, for the land or any part 
thereof, hereby granted nor for any labour or Expence whatsoever 
which they have been or shall be at in consequence of this Grant — 



94 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Reserved Lots, 1774.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 4, p. 12.] 



Portsmouth April 20 th 1774 Wednesday five of the 
Clock Afternoon The Proprietors meet according 



Province of 

New Hampsh r 
to adjournment 

Voted That the Proprietors the Grantors Lots reserved in Fishers- 
field be now drawn for to each of the Grantor's Rights, and being 
entered, as drawn to each Respective Proprietors Right Shall be a 
Severance thereof, to them their heirs and Assigns : as represented in 



the Plan returned by John Fisher Esq r , dr 
vey r 

The Lots were drawn for as follow's — viz 

1 st Mary Moore & Dan 11 Peirce 

2 d Thomas Wallingford Esq r 

3 d John Rindge . 

4 th Richard Wibird Esq 1 

5 John Moffatt Esq r . 

6 th Joshua Peirce Esq r 

7 th Solly & March 

8 th Mark Hunk g Wentworth Esq r 

9 Jotham Odiorne Esq r 
10 tn Blanchard Meserve & C° 
11 th Theodore Atkinson Esq r . 
12 th Thomas Packer Esq r ' . 
13 th John Wentworth Esq r . 
14 George Jaffrey Esq r 
15 th Mason & Thomlinson 



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9 

5 

10 

12 

13 

15 

3 

14 

1 

11 

4 

7 



[John Peirce '« Bond, 1801.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 68.] 

I hereby Agree to sell and Convey to Benjamin Cook of Haverhill 
Massachusetts and William Ay res Jun r of Bradford in the County of 
Hillsborough all that lot of Land Number Eleven on the original 
south line of Fishersfield Containing two hundred Acres more or less 
as surveyed & laid out by Col Henry Gerrish, whether it lay in 
Bradford or Fishersfield or partly in both the said Cook to have one 
hundred & fifty Acres and said Ayres Fifty Acres, the whole Lot for 
the Consideration of Twelve hundred Dollars, one third to be paid at 
or before the last day of November Next and one third thereof in two 



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127, 456, 569; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 701 ; Index to Laws, 395 ; papers 
under titles Kingswood and Coulerain ; sketch, Hurd's History of Strafford County, 
1882, p. 658; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 53; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 338; Free Baptists in N. H., by Joseph Fullonton, 1, 
Granite Monthly, 277 ; Souvenir of the Centennial Yearly Meeting of N. H. Free 
Baptists Association, 1892, pp. 154; Life of Benjamin Randall.] 



[Petition of Jonathan Chesley and Ebenezer Smith, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 71.] 

Prov e of New ) To The Hon 1 The Purchasers & Proprietors of 

Hampshire j Mason's Right (so called) — 

The Petition of Jonathan Chesley & Eben r Smith of Durham Gent" 
Humbly Shews — That your Petitioners are appointed Agents for& on 
behalf of a Number of y e Freeholders & other Inhabitants of S d Dur- 
ham who are desirous of having a certain Tract of Land granted them 
within S d Mason's S d Right & being convinced (upon y e best Informa- 
tion we can get) that y e Property is yours & consequently that you 
can give us a Title to what we desire Therefore We Humbly pray 
that we & our Constituents may have y e Grant of a Township bound- 
ing upon Rochester Head Line & Barnstead upon Such Terms as 
Shall be most likely to promote your & our Interest 

Jonathan Chesley 
Ebenezer Smith 



[Names of Chesley's Associates, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 72.] 

Province of ) To the Honb le Theodore Atkinson Esq 111 and 
New Hampshire j other Gentlemen Purchasers and Proprietors of 
John Tufton mason Esqu r his Right in Lands in said Province a List 
of the Subscribers to the Petition for a Tract of land above Roches- 
ter, to the abovesaid Proprietors, preferred by the hands of Capt 
Jonathan Chesley & m r Ebenezer Smith viz* — 

Durham April 11 th 1749 
Jonathan Chesley Ebenezer Smith 

James Drisco Thomas Young of Newmarket 

Joseph Duda Juner John Cromet 

Joseph Wheeler Benjamin Mathes 

Benjamin Jackson Thomas Tash 

William Bruce Samuel Wille 



NEW DURHAM. 



97 



Both 1 Shear 



Sam 11 Stevins 

James Thompson 

Jeremiah Drisco 

petor moo 

Job Runels Junr 

Walter Bryent 

Jonathan Durgin 

Abednego Lethers 

Jeremiah Burnum Juner 

Joseph Hall of newmarket 

Joseph Smith of newmarket 

Philip Cromet and ) -o , , -, c , 
T t r -, > Borthl Share 

John andras ) 

Benjamin Smith 

Simon Rendel 

Robert Burnum 

Robert Kent 

John Bickford 

Joseph Burnum 

Sam 11 Adams 

John Edgerly 

Abraham Bennick Juner 

Thomas Langly 

Ebenezer Jones 

Eliphelet Daniels 

John footman & 

Thomas Stevenson Juner 

Volintine Mathes 

Ichabod Chesley 

thomas Chesley 

Jonathan Chesley Juner 

Abraham Stevenson ) Borth 

francis Drew \ 1 share 

John Jonson ) t> ±t, i -u- 

,, . n p . } Borth 1 shire 
natnaniel irost ) 

Joseph Smith Juner 

Abraham mathis 

Elezer Bickford 

Benjamin Bewick j Borth j shire 

John mason J 

William weeks of Greenland 

Lemuel Chesley 



-d ,1 -, . Joseph Sias 

Both one sheir c r 1 ™ , £ -n r. 

oamuel Onesle 01 Durham 



Both 1 Shire 



Borth 1 Shire 



Borth 1 Shire 



Thomas Wille Juner 

Miles Randel 

Samuel Sias 

Solomon Sias 

Treworthy Durgin 

John Burnum 

Joseph Chesley 

Daniel Rogers 

Samuel Smith Juner 

John Bennick ) 

John Elliot \ 

Benj Jenkens 

David Davis 

whentrop Burnum 

Ichabod Denbo 

John wille Juner 

James Smith 

Jeremiah Burn am 

Joseph Thomas 

Stephen Jones Juner 

william Jackson Juner 

Philip Chesely 

John Durgin & 
Borth francis Durgin 
1 shire Benmore Duda 

nicholas Duda 

Joseph Jones 

thomas Chesley Juner 

Joseph Drew ) ^ ,, -, , . 
t u t\ I Borth 1 shire 

John Drew \ 

John Adams minister 

thomas york 

william Durgin 

theodore wille & ) Borth 1 

John Bickford Juner j shire 

Valintine hill 

Richard Denbo & 

Caleb wakham 

Joseph weeks of Greenland 

Joseph Bickford 



Borth 1 shire 



Borth 1 shire 



Borth 1 shire 



Borth 1 shire 



[The names are then repeated and numbered from 1 to 80.- 

7 



-Ed.] 



98 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Charter of New Durham, 1749.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, May 5, 1849.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth May y e 5 th 1749 Fryday three of 
New Hampshire \ y e Clock afternoon at the Dwelling house of 
Sarah Prust widow The Proprietors meet according to adjournment 

Voted that there be & hereby is Granted unto Jonathan Chesle 
Ebenezer Smith James Drisco Joseph Duda Jun r John Cromet 
Joseph Wheler Benjamin Mathes Benjamin Jackson Thomas Tash 
W m Bruce Samuel Wille Sam 1 Stevens & James Thompson both one 
Share Joseph Sias Samuel Chesle Jeremiah Drisco & Peter Moo 
both one Share Thomas Wille Jun r Miles Randel Job Runels Jun r 
Sam 1 Sias & Solomon Sias both one Share Walter Bryant Jonathan 
Durgin Treworthy Durgin Abednego Lethers John Burnum Jere- 
miah Burnum ju r Joseph Chesle Daniel Rogers Sam 1 Smith Jun r 
John Andras & Philip Cromet both one Share John Bennick & John 
Elliot both one Share Benjamin Smith Benjamin Jenkins Simon 
Rendel David Davis Robert Burnum Winthrop Burnum & Ichabod 
Denbo both one Share Robert Kent John Bickford John Wille Ju r 
Jo s Burnum James Smith Samuel Adams Jeremiah Burnum John 
Edgerly Joseph Thomas Abraham Bennick Jun r Stephen Jones Ju r 
Thomas Langly William Jackson jun r Ebenezer Jones Philip 
Chessly Eliphalet Daniels John Durgin & Francis Durgin both one 
Share John Footman & Thomas Stevenson Ju r both one Share 
Benmore Duda & Nicholas Duda both one Share Volentine Mathes 
Ichabod Chesle Joseph Jones Thomas Chesley Thomas Chesly 
Jun r Jonathan Chesley Jun 1 Joseph Drew and John Drew both one 
Share Francis Drew and Abraham Stevenson both one Share John 
Adams Minister John Jonson & Nath 1 Frost both one Share 
Thomas York & William Durgin both one Share Joseph Smith 
jun r Theodore Wille & John Bickford jun r both one Share Abraham 
Mathis Elezer Bickford Valentine Hill Benjamin Bennick & John 
Mason both one Share Richard Denbo & Caleb Wakham both one 
Share Lemuel Chesly Joseph Bickford All of Durham Thomas 
Young & Joseph Smith of Newmarket William Weeks Joseph 
Weeks Both of Greenland & Nicholas Perryman Esq r of Exeter 
all in Said Province of New Hampshire in Equal Shares Excepting 
as Aforesaid and as Hereafter is herein Excepted on the Terms 
Conditions & Limitations herein After Expressed all that tract of 
Land within the Province Aforesaid Containing the Quantity of 
Six Miles Square Bounded as follows Viz* Beginning at the 
Southwesterly Corner of a Tract of Land granted unto Ebenezer 



NEW DURHAM. 



99 



Varney William Went worth and Others upon & at Rochester 
head Line and from thence to run Westerly By said Head line of 
Rochester five Miles and to Continue the Breadth of five Miles 
extending from the head Line of Rochester so far Northwardly as to 
Make a Tract of Land Equal to Six Miles Square Adjoining to the 
said Tract of Land granted to the said Ebenezer Varney William 
Wentworth and Others and the Head Line of the said Tract of 
Land hereby granted to be a Parallel Line with the Head Line of 
Rochester and the Side Lines to be Parallel with Each Other to 
Have and to Hold to them their Heirs & Assigns forever in Equal 
Shares Excepting as Aforesaid on the following Terms Conditions 
& Limitations That is to Say that the whole Tract of Land within 
the said Boundaries (Saving what is Herein After mentioned to be 
Otherwise Improved) be Divided into one hundred Shares or Rights 
and Each Share be Laid out into two Distinct Lots one of which 
to Contain one Hundred Acres and the Other all the Land Belong- 
ing to Each Share Respectively. That the whole be so Laid out 
and the two Lots belonging to Each Share be Number'd with the 
Same Number Beginning with one and Ending with one hundred 
That the said Land be so Laid out within one Year from the Grant- 
ing thereof and then the Lots Drawn for in the usual Manner of 
Drawing for Lots of Land in Such Cases and that this be done at 
Portsm Aforesaid Under the Care & Direction of the Grantors 
Aforesaid and so done as to make but one Draft to Each Share That 
one of the said Shares be for the first Minister of the Gospel who 
Shall be Settled on Said Land and Continue there During his Life 
or until he Shall be Regularly dismist to Hold to him his Heirs & 
Assigns And one Other of said Shares be for and towards the Sup- 
port of the Gospel Ministry there forever and the hundred acre 
Lots belonging to these two Shares Respectively Shall be Laid out 
as near the Place where the Meeting house Shall be built as May 
Conveniently be done without being Drawn for as the other Lots 
That there be Six Acres of Land left in Some Convenient Place 
within the said Boundaries for building a Meeting House & School 
house upon & to be used as a Training Field a Burying Place or 
Other Public use the Inhabitants there may have Occasion to 
Improve it for 

That one Other of Said Shares be for y e use & Maintainance of a 
School there forever 

That Seventeen of the Said Shares be and hereby are Reserved to 
the use of the said Grantors and their Heirs & Assigns forever: 
That the owners of the other Eighty Shares make a regular Settle- 
ment there at their own Charge in the following Manner viz that 



IOO CHARTER RECORDS. 

Each owner of the said Eighty Shares Build an House of Sixteen 
foot Square or Equal thereto upon Some part of his Land there 
That there be thirty families Settled upon Said Tract of Land 
within four years next after a Peace is Proclamed between the 
English French and Indians and Each Family to have Such an 
House as Afores d and three Acres of Land cleared & fitted for Mow- 
ing or Tillage and that Ten Families more be Settled there Each 
having an House as Aforesaid within five years next After the 
Proclamation of Said Peace with three Acres of Land more fitted 
as Aforesaid And within Six years next After the Said Peace to 
have a Meeting House Built there for the Public Worship of God 
fitted for that Purpose for the use of the Inhabitants there And to 
Maintain the Constant preaching of the Gospel there from and After 
the End of Seven years from the Proclaming Peace as Afores d 

That there be twenty acres of Land Left in Some Suitable Place 
for a Privilege and Accommodation of a Saw mill which Shall be 
for him His Heirs & Assigns who will build Such Mill within the 
term of Five years next After Peace as Aforesaid with the Privelege 
of the most Convenient Stream and place for doing the Same and 
in Consideration thereof for the Benefit of Said Inhabitants the 
owner or owners of Such mill Shall Saw the Logs of the Said 
Inhabitants to the Halves for the Term of Ten years next After the 
Said Mill Shall first work if Desired so to do. And if no Particular 
Person or Persons of the owners of Said Shares or Such other Per- 
son or Persons as the Majority of them Shall admit Permit & Surfer 
to do the Same Undertake to Build Such Mill on the Terms Aforesaid 
then the said owners Shall do the Same at their Common Expence 
& Charge & put the Said Mill under Such A Regulation as that they 
and Others Inhabiting there may Have their Logs and Timber 
Sawed as Occasion may Require for Building on the Land Hereby 
Granted — That Each owner of the said Eighty Shares Pay to 
Such Person or Persons as y e Majority of them Shall Elect for that 
Purpose all Such Sums of Money or Bills of Publick Credit as the 
said owners or the Major part of them Shall Determine to be Nec- 
essary from time to time and as Occasion Shall Require to Defray 
the Charges of Laying out Said Land as Aforesaid and Other Mat- 
ters and Things Necessary to be done for the Making a Settlement 
as Aforesaid and performing the Other Matters And things herein 
Directed to be Done 

That in Laying out the said Lots Cafe be taken to Sort them 
in Such a Manner as to make the Shares as Equal as Possible. 
That the Lots be Laid out in Ranges where the Land will Admit 
of it and Land Left Between the Ranges for Highways four Rods 



NEW DURHAM. IOI 

wide and Between the Lots for ways of two Rods wide and that a 
Plan of the whole when so Laid out be made at the Charge of the 
Said owners and Returned to the said Grantors as soon as may be 
done with Conveniency 

That the Remaining Seventeen Shares Reserved as Aforesaid be 
Exonerated Acquitted and fully Exempted from paying any Charge 
towards Making the said Settlement and not Held to the Conditions 
of the Eighty Shares Aforesaid nor be Liable to any Tax or Assess- 
ment Untill Improved by the Respective owners thereof — That All 
white pine trees fit for His Majestys use for masting y e Royal navy be 
and Hereby are Reserved And are Hereby Granted to His Majesty 
his heirs & Successors for that Purpose — That in Case the said 
Grantees Shall fail Neglect and Omit to Settle forty Families upon 
the Said Granted premises within the Term of Five Years next After 
a peace Shall be Concluded and Proclamed as Aforesaid Each Family 
Having the Quantity of three Acres of Land Cleared and fitted as 
Aforesaid and to do and Perform the Several Articles Matters & 
things Above Mentioned to be Performed and Done by the owners of 
the said Eighty Shares it Shall and May be Lawfull for the Said 
Grantors or any of them or any person or persons in their Name and 
Behalf & By their Authority or the Major Part of them to Enter 
into & Upon the Said Granted Premises or Any Part thereof for the 
whole and thence to Amove oust and Utterly to Expel the Said 
Grantees and the Said Granted Premises Shall be forfeited to the use 
of the Grantors and they Shall Thereby be Reseized and Vested in 
their former Estate Right Title and Interest to and in the Said 
Granted premises as though this Grant had never been made and the 
Same Shall thence forward be null and Void to All Intents and pur- 
poses Any Thing Herein Contained to the Contrary thereof Notwith- 
standing and all and Every of the Said Grantees who Shall not do and 
perform his Respective part and Duty in Making and Carrying on the 
Said Settlem* (in Case of the Settlement of forty families as Afore- 
said) Such Delinquent owner Shall forfeit his Share and Right in the 
Said Premises to those Who Shall Have so performed and done their 
Duty as Aforesaid in Making the Said Settlement who Shall have 
full power and Authority into the Said forfeited Right and Share to 
Enter and Thereof to become Seized to their own use in Manner 
Aforesaid — 

Provided Nevertheless that the said Grantees do and Shall when they 
Shall be thereunto Respectively Requested Enter into a Contract and 
Personally Oblige themselves and their Respective Heirs & Assigns to do 
and perform the Several Articles Matters & Things by these Persons be- 
fore Mentioned to be Performed and Done by Signing and Executing 



102 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Such Instrument or Instruments in Writing as by Council Learn'd in 
the Law Shall be Advised and Devised for that purpose 

And in that Case & Not Otherwise the said Grantors do Hereby 
promise & Ingage to the Said Grantees that they the Said Grantors 
their Heirs Exec rs Adm rs or Assigns Shall and will at their own Cost 
& Expence try the Title of the Said Granted Premises by Pursuing 
and Prosecuting an Action for the whole or any part thereof thro' 
the whole Course of the Law to a Final Judgment before the King in 
Council (if need be to Carry the Same So far) with Such Person or 
persons as Shall be thereto Disposed and desirous thereof Who Shall 
Dispute the Title of the Said Grantees Hereby Conveyed — 

But in Case the Title of the Grantees Derived from the Said 
Grantors by these presents to the Said Premises Shall be Condemned 
and the Title of the Person or Persons So Disputing with the Grant- 
ors to the Premises Shall by Such Final Judgment be Prefer'd then 
the Grantees in these Presents Shall Recover Nothing of the Said 
Grantors for the Said Premises nor for Any Labour Expence Charge 
& Disbursement they the said Grantees their Heirs or Assigns Shall 
have been at in Consequence of this Grant- — 

And it is to be Understood that the Number of Years Mentioned 
herein for the Said Grantees to do and Perform the Several articles 
Matters and things afores d is to be So many Years free from the Im- 
pediment and Interruption of an Indian War 



[Draft of Lots, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 73, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 
227, and Vol. 7, p. 61.] 

Province of New Hampshire Portsmouth May y e 2 d 1750 — At a 
Proprietors meeting held at the House of Ann Slayton — The Draft 
of y e shares or Lots of y e Township granted to Jon a Chesly Eben r 
Smith & others — 

1 Ministers Lot N 

2 Ministry Lot 

3 Thomas Packer Esqu r 

4 Rich d Denbo & 
Caleb Wakeham 

5 Ebenezer Smith 

6 John Edgerly 

7 Eleazer Bickford 



°9 


8 Richard Wibird Esqu r 


68 


10 


9 Jeremiah Burnam 


13 


72 


10 Benj a Mathews 


48 




11 School Lot 


33 


59 


12 Benf Bennick & ) 
John Mason j 


69 


63 


62 


13 Joseph Chesly 


37 


27 


14 Jn° Tufton Mason ) 


98 




& Jn° Thomlinson Esqu rs j 



[Plan 




J 



All the Roads that Run North are four Rods whide & those Crose Roads 
In the first Division the Lotts are one hundred fifty & Six Rods Long & o 
the Lotts in the Second Division are one hundred fifty & Six Rods north 
there is nine Roads Runing north & South and there is Seven Roads Rui 
of number's nine ten Eleven & twelve out off Each an Equal quantity on accom 
memorandum there is no Reservation of a mill privelege there being nown 

We the Subscribers of y« Committee of the Grantees of y« foregoing Trac 
Privilege is reserved and that no advantage may be taken against the Grantees 
Portsmouth May y e 2 d l i750 



Province of ( Portsm May 2 d 1750 
New Hampshire ( at a Proprietors Meeting held at y e House of Ann Slayton— 

Voted that this Plan of y* Township Granted to Jonathan Chesle Eben r Sn 
tage be taken against y e Grantees on that account 



1750.] 




^7*2" ->-uo /b <!4-»j.nm6 >3.ii^f -x eojiiu juii, y/'0?_£ 



rty Eight Degrees East are two Rods Broad — 
& five Rods Broad — 

ind the Said Lotts are one hundred Seventy & five Rods north by y e neadle — 
.ight Degrees East there is Six acres Laid out for publick use & is taken out 



3eing good Land & well Situated 



Walter Bryent Surveyor 



the foregoing Plan may be accepted by y e Grantors notwithstanding no Mill 

f Benjamin Smith 
J philip Chesle 
J Ebenezer Smitli 
| Daneel Rogers 
I Walter Bryent 
{ Benjamin Mathes 



)e accepted notwithstanding no Mill Privilege is reserved and that no advan- 

attest Geo : Tafifrey Prop™ Clerk 



NEW DURHAM. 



IO3 



15 Winthrop Burn an & 
Ichabod Denbo 

16 Eliphalet Daniel 

17 John Bennick & 
John Eliot 

18 Jonathan Chesly 

19 John Johnson & 
Nathaniel Frost 

20 Joseph Dude jun r 

21 John Footman & 
Thomas Stevenson jun r 

22 Jotham Odiorne Esqu r 

23 Benjamin Jenkins 

24 Jeremiah Drisco & ) 
Peter Mow J 

25 Joseph Burnam 

26 Lemuel Chesly 

27 Joseph Wheeler 

28 Joseph Bickford 

29 Daniel Peirce & ) 
Mary Moor J 

30 Volentine Mathews 

31 Robert Kent 

32 Joseph Smith Jun r 

33 Tho s Wallingford Esqu r 

34 Daniel Rogers 

35 Nath 11 Meserve Esqu r 
& others 

36 David Davis 

37 Joseph Jones 

38 James Smith 

39 John Andros & 
Philip Cromett 

40 George Jaffrey 

41 Theodore Willey & j 
John Bickford jun r ) 

42 Joseph Smith 

43 Philip Chesly 

44 Jonathan Chesly jun r 

45 Benjamin Smith 

46 John Bickford 

47 Joshua Peirce Esqu r 

48 John Durgan & ) 
Francis Durgan j 



N° 



97 

58 

11 

73 

23 

43 

67 

76 
42 

28 

50 
15 

22 
36 

21 

84 
35 
34 

60 

24 

16 

94 

8 
89 



38 

6 

53 
53 
95 

64 

83 

17 



49 Joseph Sias 

50 Jonathan Durgan 

51 Simon Randel 

52 Volentine Hill 

53 Miles Randel 

54 Joseph Drew & 
John Drew 

55 Abraham Mathews 

56 John Moffatt Esqu r 

57 Francis Drew & 
Abraham Stephenson 

58 Thomas Chesly jun r 

59 Jeremiah Burnam jun r 

60 Samuel Wille 

61 Benjamin Jackson 

62 Sam 11 Solly and 
Clement March Esqu rs 

63 Thomas Langly 

64 Job Runnells jun r 
Q5 Joseph Thomas 
QQ Theodore Atkinson Esqu r 



N° 80 
100 

57 

4 

85 

82 

39 
14 

Q5 

79 
93 
71 

52 

86 



81 
32 
46 



67 John Wentworth jun r Esqu r 78 

68 William Weeks 12 

69 Samuel Chesly 1 

70 Mark Hunk g Wentworth 

Esqu r 31 

71 Abednego Leathers 3 

72 Samuel Stevens & ) »r 
James Thompson J 

73 John Burnam 77 

74 Mark Hunk g Wentworth 

Esqu r 87 

75 True worthy Durgan 91 

76 Thomas Wille jun r 70 

77 Thomas Tash 99 

78 Benmore Dude & ) aq 
Nicholas Dude ( 

79 William Jackson jun r 47 

80 Samuel Smith jun r 30 

81 Thomas Chesly 96 

82 John Cromett 51 

83 John W^ille jun r 44 

84 Law Lot N° 1 26 

85 Robert Burnam 5 



°4 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



86 Joseph Weeks 

87 Abraham Bennick jun r 

88 Stephen Jones jun r 

89 John Addams Minister 

90 Samuel Sias and 
Sollomon Sias 

91 William Bruce 

92 Thomas York & J 
William Durgan \ 

Voted that this Draft of 
be and hereby is Ratifyed 
the Respective Prerson to 
assigns in severalty on the 



50 
20 
90 
41 

92 

29 

19 



93 Law Lot N° 2 

94 Walter Brient 

95 Nicholas Perryman 

96 Sam 11 Addams 

97 Ichabod Chesly 

98 Thomas Young 

99 Ebenezer Jones 
100 James Drisco 



Esqu r 



61 
74 

2 
18 
25 
45 
49 
54 



Lots of Land in the Tract above mentioned 
& confirmed and that each Lot be held to 
whose name it is affixed & to his heirs & 
Terms first Granted — 

Geo : Jaffrey Prop r CI : 



[ Condition of Settlements, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 74.] 

An Inventory of the Familys Houses improved Ground & Fell Trees 
in the Township of New Durham Viz* 



Lot 



Fam 6 



Houses 



improved 
Ground 



fell Trees 



Eben r Dow 
Edw & W m Peavey 
John Benrick 
Rob Boody 
Nick' Glidden 
Benj a Bickford 
John Glidden 
Zeb n Glidden 
Nath an Kenneston 

Jon a Buzzell 
Zach Boody 

Jer m Dow . 
Jos Libbey. 

Eben r Bickford . 



James Berry 



Lot 



No 2 


1 


! 


N°4 


2 


2 


N°5 


1 


I 


3 


1 


I 


34 


1 


I 


36 


1 


I 


37 


1 


I 


44 


1 


I 


43 


1 


I 


45 





O 


47 


1 


I 


49 


1 


I 


5° 





O 


52 


1 


I 


53 


1 


I 


55 





O 


27 


1 


I 


54 








56 





. 


30 


1 


I 



4 acres 
18 

6 
20 

5 

3 

7 

6 
10 

1 

4 

o 

2 

o 

6 

1 
12 

o 

o 
II 



4 
o 

7 
10 

3 
6 

5 
1 

4 

2 

3 

7 

14 

20 

2 

3 



acres 
acres 



NEW DURHAM. 



I05 





Lot 


Fam s 


Houses 


improved 
Ground 


fell Trees 


David Allard 


63 


1 


r 


3 





Benj a Mathes . 


62 


1 


I 


3 





Josi Doe & Jn° Collome 


99 


2 


2 


14 





John Doo .... 


97 


1 


I 


3 







65 











But 
2 Mills 


Marriam Berry . 


64 


1 


I 


.__ 4 -. - 







66 





I 


5 





Benj a Mooney . 


8 


1 


I 


3 







91 





I 


4 


1 




92 











2 


James Palmer 


89 


1 


I 


18 


6 


Jer m Taylor 


87 


1 


I 


5 


6 




88 











3 


Henry Allard . 


16 


1 


I 


9 





James Stillson . 


73 


1 


I 


16 





Tim Murry 


7i 


1 


I 


6 





Sidy Allard 


69 


1 


I 


12 





Benj a Berry 


11 


1 


I 


14 





Jn° Rogers 


24 


1 


I 


9 







94 








4 


4 


The Atkenson . 


46 











3 


Second Division 












Tim Davis 


N°i9 


2 


2 


13 


4 


Jon a Allard 


N°i8 





O 


2 



A Mill 


Paul March 


17 


1 


I 


30 


6 was Burnt 
Down 


Paul March 


1.5 


1 


I 


9 





Paul March . . 


80 











8 


Paul March . . . 


86 











8 


Tim Murry 


7i 











3 



N° 9 Thar is the Meeting House Inclosed shingled & under floor 
Laid under pined & window frames in and no more finished towards it. 

Timothy Murray 
Shadrach Allard 

Province of ) New durham 4 January 1770 then the above 
New Hampshire ) named timothy murry and Shadarch allard Person- 
aly appeared Before me and maid Solemn oath that the above Inven- 
tory is Just and true according to the Best of ther Judgment Errors 
Exepted John Plummer Just Peace 



io6 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Another Report of Settlements, April, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 75.] 
An Inventory of the Improvements made In N: Durham 



Mens Names that Is Setled 



N° of Lots 





-a 


T3 




a 


fl 






OJ 




-3 -a 


Houses 




















CJ 


o 




< 


< 



Joseph Small 


No 40 


00 


00 


00 


14 




No 39 


00 


3* 


00 


00 




No 42 


00 


00 


3 


4 




No 93 


00 


ik 


00 


00 




No 94 


00 


00 


2h 


2 




No 92 


00 


00 


3 


00 


Joseph Durgan 


No 91 


1 


Ah 


00 


5 


James Palmer • . 


No 89 


1 


19 


10 


8 




No j j 


00 


00 


00 


34 


Jere h Taylor .... 


No 87 


1 


7 


4 


4 




No 67 


00 


00 


3 


00 


John Younge 


No 66 


1 


11 


00 


00 




No 65 


2 Mills 


00 


ik 


00 


Eben r Bickford J r . 


No 55 


00 


2 


00 


3 




No 54 


00 


00 


00 


4 


Zeb n Glidden 


No 44 


1 


6 


2 


3 




No 46 


00 


1 


i£ 


1 




No 50 


00 


2 


3 


15 




No 5 1 


00 


00 


00 


4 


James Berry .... 


No 30 


1 


13 


3 


00 


Eben r Dow . . . . 


No' 2 


1 


5 


00 


11 


Edward Pevey 


No 4 


1 


15 


00 


10 


Rob* Boodey 


No 3 


1 


20 


00 


12 


John Bennick 


No 5 


1 


7 


3 


IO' 


Josiah Doe .... 


No 99 


1 


5 


3 


2 


Benj a Bickford 


No 36 


1 


5 


1 


5 


Nicholas Gleddon . 


No 34 


1 


3 


00 


3 


Ichabod Buzzy 


No 47 


1 


7 


2 


9 


Zachariah Boody . 


No 49 


1 


00 


ik 


10 


Jeremiah Dow 


No 52 


1 


00 


2 


38 


Nathan Kenistone . 


No 43 


1 


12 


3 


5 


widow Sarah Gledon wife of 












benj a 


No 34 


00 


3 


00 


3 


Joseph Libbey 


No 53 


1 


6 


00 


6 


Eben r Bickford . . 


No 27 


1 


16 


00 


6 




No 56 


00 


00 


1 


9 


Benj a Berry . . . 


No 11 


1 


IS 


00 


00 






NEW DURHAM. 



I07 









T3 


T3 


*-. 








C 






Mens Names that Is Setled 


N° of Lots 


Houses 


m- 
a* 

in C 


-1 


O <u 











<_> 











< 


< 


< 


John Rogers .... 


No 24 


1 


30 


00 


00 




N°22 


Burnt 


00 


8 


OO 




No 13 


Burnt 


00 


4 


OO 


William Peavey 


No 4 


1 


5 


00 


4 


Jonathan Allard 


No 19 


1 


13 


00 


00 


Paul March .... 


No 17 


2 


3° 


10 


8 




No 80 


00 


00 


8 





Tim Davis . . . 


No 19 


1 


25 


00 


00 




No 18 


00 


00 


2 


00 




No 23 


1 Burnt 


4 


00 


00 




No 7 


1 Burnt 


8 


00 


00 




No 9 


00 


6 


00 


00 




No 17 


00 


5 


00 


00 




No 26 


00 


5 


00 


00 


John Glidden 


No 37 


1 


7 


00 


4 




No 10 


a 


Meeting 


House 


00 


Tho 8 Younge 


No 45 




1 


00 


2 


Shadrach Allard . 


No 69 




12 


4 


00 


James Stillson 


No 73 




20 


00 


00 


Henry Allard 


No 16 




18 


00 


00 


Tim Murray 


No 71 




12 


00 


00 


Benj a Mooney 


No 8 




14 


00 


00 




No 15 


00 


2 


00 


00 


David Langley . . 


No 88 




00 


1 


3 


James Chesley 


No 96 




00 


00 


5 


David Allard .... 


No 63 




4 


00 


4 


widow Merriam berry 


No 64 




3 


00 


4 


John Collema 


No 99 




20 


00 


5 


John Doe .... 


No 97 




6 





00 


Benj a Mathas 


No 62 




9 


6 


00 




No 100 




00 


1 







No 70 


00 


00 


1 


3 




No 17 


a Saw 


mill &c 


was 


Burnt 



Number of Families 
Number of Houses . 
Number of Ditto Burnt . 
1 Meeting House 
1 Saw Mill & 1 Grist Mill 



42 

41 

4 

1 

2 



108 CHARTER RECORDS. 

1 Saw Mill Burnt ......... 1 

Number of Acres Improv'd . . . . . . . 448£ 

Number of Ditto Clear'd 98 

Number of Ditto fell Trees 2514 

The foregoing is a True Inventory Taken by us The Subscribers 
According to The Best of Our Judgement 

Tho 8 Tash ) Committee 

Volintine Mathes 



[Account of Several Lots.~] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 76.] 

N° 7 A House 18 feet by 16 Was built on S d Lot and was Burnt, 
And Three or four acres of Land Improv'd for mowing on S d Lot 

N° 23 A House has been built And Burnt and more than three 
Acres on Said Lot has been Improv'd for mowing & Planting — 

N° 93 One Acre Clear'd 

N° 94 Three Acres fell Trees & Mostly Clear'd Up 

N° 77 Three or four Acres fell Trees 

N° 42 Ab fc Seven Acres fell Trees & Mostly Clear'd 



N° 22 A House built & Burnt with ab* four acres Improv'd 
N° 13 A House built & Burnt about four acres Improv'd - 

N° 51 four Acres fell Trees 

N° 54 Three Acres D° D° 

N° 56 five Acres — D° 

N° 40 Eight Acres— D° 

N° 80 four Acres — Ditto — and a House — 
N° 44 Three Acres Clear'd & Two acres : Fell 



[Thomas Task's Bill, 1824.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 77.] 

Mark Peirce Esq. of Portsmouth 

to Thomas Tash — D r 
1824 ) 
June 7 ) To 3 days running out his lots of land Numbered ) Dol. Cts. 
21 in the first, & 2 1 in the sec d Div n of Ne wDurham \ 4, 50 
To|a day planning the same — 50 



15 — 00 
Errors Excepted p r Tho 8 Tash Surveyor. 



NEWINGTON. 



IO9 



Note. The reason why it took 3 days to run this land was ; we 
had to run and ' measure other lots, before we could find the right 
corners, besides we had some interruption by foul weather. 

Note. 2nd. The Chainmen's bill will be 6 dollars, that is 3 dol- 
lars each, and the bill of the axe man or spotter will, I suppose, be 3 
dollars also, that being the customary price in such cases. 

Note 3rd. Samuel Wille Esq. was with us the greater part of the 
time ; he also found me, and part of the rest of the company, while 
engaged in the business. 

To Mark Peirce Esq. Portsmouth 



NEWINGTON. 

[Formerly a part of Dover known as Bloody Point. The date of incorporation is 
doubtful but is given by some authorities as July, 1764. A small portion of the 
town was annexed to Portsmouth June 29, 1821. 

See papers under title Dover; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 153; XII, Hammond 
Town Papers, 710; Index to Laws, 404; sketch, Hurd's History of Rockingham 
County, 1882, p. 392; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 100; Church Rec- 
ords, 1716-1731, by C. W. Tuttle, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, vol. 22, p. 23, to 
vol. 25, p. 284; Report of an Indian Massacre at Fox Point, by Chas. Wesley 
Tuttle, Historical Papers, edited by Albert H. Hoyt, 1889.] 



[Petition of Newington Men, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 79.] 

Prov e of ) To the Honb le Theodore Atkinson Esq r & others 
New Hamp j Purchasers and Propriators of Masons Rights So 
Called 



The Petition of the Subscribers Humbly Shews that your Petition- 
ers who are underneath Subscribed are Desireous to have Granted 
to them a Tract of Land for a Township on Merrimack River or as 
Near the River as you think Proper and on Such Terms and Limita- 
tions as others who have Asked the Same Favour and as Speedely 
as shall be Consistant with your Conveincey and your Petitioners as 
in Duty bound Shall Ever Pray 

John Knight Ju r Christopher Huntriss Richard Damm 

Thomas Pickrin niclous Pickrin James Colbroth 

John Trecke Joshua Trecke Moses furbur 

Jonathen Trecke Josaph Trecke Elezer Colman 



no 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



Josaph Colman 
John Hoyt 
thomas Bickford 
Ichbord Bickford 
Ichabod Rolings 
John Coleman 
Joseph Smith Jur 
Jonathan dam 
anthony : nutter 
Joseph Rollings Ju r 
John Hunttres 
Lemuel bibkford Ju r 
John Hodgsdon 
W m Shackford 



John Leighter rowell 
Nicholas Knight 
Ebenzear Bickford 
William Colbroth 
Eleazar Colman Junr 
Nehemiah furbur 
alexender Hodgsdon 
Samuel Trecke 
Jonathen Downings 
Noor Rollings 
Jonathen Hunttres 
Habebel Nutter Ju r 
sam 11 Rollings 
Sam 11 Shackford 



Hutson Pene 
Joseph Colbroth 
Joseph Bickford 
Edward Rolings 
Samuel rawllings Ju r 
Sam : Nuther 
John dam 
Georg Knight 
Josaph Rollengs 
William Huntris 
Chrestepher Hunttres Ju r 
Nathanel burnam 
Jonathen Chasele 



[Endorsed] Newington f) Jn° Knight jun r Rece d Dec r 1 th 1748 



NEW HAMPTON. 

[Granted as Moultonborough Addition Jan. 24, 1765, to Jonathan Moulton and 
others, proprietors of Moultonborough. Incorporated as New Hampton Nov. 27, 
1777, and named from the town of Hampton. Centre Harbor was set off and 
incorporated Dec. 7, 1797. 

See papers under title Moultonborough ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 706 ; 
Index to Laws, 401 ; sketch, Hurd's History of Belknap County, 1885, p. 870; 
Reminiscences of, by F. H. Kelley, 1889, pp. 147 ; Stewart's History of the Free 
Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, 
p. 18; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 503; Historical Sketch of the 
Academical and Theological Institution, by W. E. Wording, 14, American Quar- 
terly Register, 351 ; Historical Sketch, 1876; The Town of New Hampton and 
Her Two Celebrated Revolutionary Officers, by G. W. Nesmith, 3, Granite 
Monthly, 221.] 



[Grant as Moultonborough Addition, 1765.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Jan. 24, 1765.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth January 24 th 1765. Thursday five 
New Hampshire ) of the clock afternoon, at the dwelling house of 
Cap* James Stoodly Innholder The Proprietors meet according to 
adjournment 

Whereas the said Proprietors on the 17 th day of November 1763 
Granted a tract of Land of Six miles Square, or Equal thereto unto 



NEW HAMPTON. Ill 

Jonathan Moulton Esq r Ephraim Marston Jeremiah Marston, and 
others part of the Land of said Proprietors, which having been Since 
View'd & Examind is found to much Inferior in Quality to what it 
was Supposed to be, which is Discouraging to the Grantees — 
Therefore Voted That there be & hereby is Granted to the same 
Grantees mentioned in the Grant above refer'd to, and on the same 
Terms & Conditions & Limitations, an Addition, all the Right title 
Interest Claim Property, & Demand of the said Proprietors, of in & 
unto all that tract & parcel of Land joining to the said former Grant, 
contained within the following bounds Beginning, at the North East 
Corner of New Salem so called, thirty rods from Winnipissiokey 
Pond thence running South fifty five Deg: West bounding on said 
New Salem & Sandburn Town so Called to Pemigewasset River, 
thence running Northerly up said Pemigewasset River bounding by 
the middle of said River, to the South westerly Corner of the Town- 
ship of Holderness so Called, thence running East, bounding on the 
Southerly line of said Holderness, Six miles to the Southeasterly 
Corner of Holderness aforesaid, thence running North bounding on 
the Easterly line of Holderness to the Curve line so Called, which 
is the head line of the said Proprietors Land thence by said Curve 
line to the tract of Land first Granted to these Grantees, thence 
running on the Westerly line of said tract to the place where it 
begins To have and to hold the said tract of Land, hereby granted 
to the said Grantees in Equal Shares & to their Heirs & Assigns 
forever, on the same Terms, limitations & Conditions in all respects 
as the former Tract of Land was to them granted & on which they 
hold the same said Tract of Land being joined to the former for one 
Township — and whereas by the former grant of the 17 th day of 
November 1763, the Tract then Granted was to be Divided into Eighty 
two Shares, & Each Share into two Lots, which by this Addition may 
not be so Convenient — Therefore 'tis now agreed & Voted the 
whole of the said former & this Grant shall be Divided into Eighty 
two Shares & each Share, into Three Seperate Lots & whereas it 
may forward the Settlement to have a Plan return'd & the Lots 
drawn for of the first Division as soon as may be, & that the whole 
tract be laid out & a Plan returned, and the lots ready to be drawn 
for with the Remainder within one Year from this Date at farthest, 
which is at the Request of the Grantees & is agreed to & Voted to be 
done & performed 



112 CHARTER RECORDS. 



NEW IPSWICH, 



[Granted by Massachusetts Jan. 15, 1735-6, to John Wainwright, John Crroatey. 
and others, inhabitants of Ipswich, Mass. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors 
April 17, 1750, to Reuben Kidder and others. Incorporated as Ipswich Sept. 9, 
1762. Incorporated as New Ipswich March 6, 1766. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 604; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 730; Index to Laws 
402; Sketches of History, by Charles Walker, 5, Collections of N. H. Historical 
Society, 155 ; History, by F. Kidder and A. A. Gould, 1852, pp. 488; Historical 
Discourse, centennial celebration of First Congregational Church, i860, by Sam- 
uel Lee, 1861, pp. 88; sketch, HurcTs History of Hillsborough County, 1885, 
p. 610; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 16; Law- 
rence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 231, 236.] 



[ Votes of Proprietors of New Ipswich, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 80.] 

At a Legal Meeting of the Prop rs of New-Ipswich at the Dwelling- 
House of Joseph Newhall in Ipswich on Tuesday the 14 th of February 
A D 1748— 

Col° Thomas Berry Moderator — 

Voted That Col Daniel Appleton Col John Choate & Col Thomas 
Berry be a Committee fully Authoriz'd & Impower'd in the Name & 
Behalf of the Proprietors to Treat with the late Grantees of Mason's 
Grant so call'd, or with Col Joseph Blanchard or both as they shall 
see meet respecting their Supposed Title to s d New Ipswich and to 
make a full & final Agreement and Settlement of any Differences or 
Disputes that are between y e s d Grantees of s d Mason & y e s d New 
Ipswich Prop rs relating to y e Title & Settlement thereof; and what 
they, or either two of them do on the premisses to be Binding to the 
Proprietors. And if they Apprehend it not best to Agree, than to 
Report to the Prop rs (as soon as may be) what may be best further to 
be done 

A Copy Exam d f Tho Norton Pro Cler 

At a Legal Meeting of the Prop rs of New Ipswich by Adjournment 
at y e Dwelling House of Joseph Newhall in Ipswich February the 
28 th Anno Domini 1748 

Andrew Burley Esq r Moderator 

Voted That either two of the Com tee appointed by the Prop rs at their 
meeting the Fourteenth of February instant to Treat with Col 
Blanchard about Masons Title &c as set forth therein be fully 
Authoriz'd & Impower'd to go & to Act in that affair as amply & 
fully to all Intents & purposes as if they all three went & were pres- 
ent 

A Copy Exam d f Tho Norton Pro Cler 



NEW IPSWICH. 



113 



[Joseph Blanchard to Masonian Proprietors, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 81.] 

Gentlemen 

Coll Choat & Collo 1 Applton a Com tee On Behalf of New Ipswich 
has bin With me Treating Ab fc your title to that township And are 
disposed to Accomodate Matters if they Can the lines of the town 
may be Continued, near the Same, & you will See by their plan 120 
Lotts are Lay'd out & Drawn they Request to hold them lotts as 
Lay'd out and their Town Lines to Stand, of, Which the northeast 
Corner ; I must take off, I Expect it will Intersect and Cut of ab* 8 
Lotts, it Should Shut Home to the province line & in Lieu of What 
I take off on y e East made up as ^ a plan I'l Send you the Seasona- 
ble & Effectuall forwarding the Settlem* they Are Willing to. But 
they are not Willing to Comply with the quantity to be Reserved 
therefore I have for that Article in Special Referred them to your 
determination, And to have them Easyly dealt with & their being 
Accom'odated, in the best way will be very pleasing to y r Hum 1 Ser* 

Dunstable March 3 d — 1748* J Blanchard 



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114 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Charter of New Ipswich, 1750.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, pp. 82, 83.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power & Authority Granted, 
New Hampshire ( & Vested in me by the Proprietors of Lands pur- 
chased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 ' in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire aforesaid by their Vote the 16 th of June 1749, passed at their 
Meeting held at Portsmouth in said Province. — 

I Do by these Presents give & grant unto Reuben Kidder, Archible 
White, Jonas Woolson, Abijah Foster, John Brown, Benj a Hoar jun r 
Timothy Heald, Joseph Kidder, Joseph Bullard, Ebenezer Bullard, 
Joseph Stevens, Henry Putney, John Chandler all of a place called 
New Ipswich, Hannah Dinsmore, Peter Powers, Daniel Emerson, 
David Nevens, all of Holies, Zaccheus Lovewell, Joseph French both 
of Dunstable, & all in the Province of New Hampshire, Jon a Hub- 
bard, John Stevens Esq 1 of Townshend, Isaac Appleton, Thomas 
Adams, Robert Choat, William Brown, Nathaniel Smith, Col John 
Choat, Francis Choat, Thomas Dennis all of Ipswich, Andrew 
Spaulding of Westford, Isaac Patch of Groton, William Peters of 
Medfield, John Marsh of Mendon, & Benj a Hoar of Littletown. To 
them, their Heirs & Assigns, on the Terms, Conditions, Reservations 
& Limitations, & in the Respective Proportions, hereafter expressed, 
all the Right, Title, Interest & Property of the Grantors aforesaid, of, 
in & to that Tract of Land, or Township lying in the Province of 
New Hampshire aforesaid Extending Six Miles in length, & five 
Miles in Breadth bounded as followeth, beginning at the line between 
the Province of New Hampshire aforesaid & the Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay at the Southwest Corner of the Township call'd 
N° 1, from thence North Eighty Degrees West Six miles to the South 
West Corner of the Township called South Manadnock or Manadnock 
Number one, from thence North by the Needle five Miles to the North 
East Corner of said South Manadnock, from thence South Eighty 
Deg s East by the Line of Peterborough Slip, Six Miles to the North 
West Corner of N° one, & from thence South five Miles to the Bounds 
first Mentioned, To have and to hold to them, their Heirs & Assigns 
Excepting as aforesaid, & on the following Terms & Conditions with 
the Reservations aforesaid, the Lots already laid out, & the several 
Proportions of Common Land, yet to be divided to each one as fol- 
loweth, To Reuben Kidder, in the North Division, the Lots N° 55, 
and N° 46, & in the Ranges of Lots N° 1, & N° 3 in the fourteenth 
Range, N° 1 in the thirteenth, & N° 3 in the third Range, & three full 
Shares in the after Divisions To Archible White, N° 19, in the North 



NEW IPSWICH. 



115 






Division, & one half Share to be joyned with Joseph Bullard, in the 
after Divisions, To Jonas Woolson N° 2 in the fourth Range, & N° 2 
in the fifteenth Range, & one Share in the after Division, To Abijah 
Foster N° 33 in the North Division, & N° 3 in the first Range & one 
Share in the after Divisions. To John Brown N° 31 in the North 
Division one Eighty Acre Lot to be laid out in the Common, & one 
Share in the after Divisions — To Benj a Hoar jun r N° 40, in the North 
Division, N° one in the second Range. N° 2 in the fifth, & one in the 
sixth Range, & two Shares in the after Divisions To Timothy Heald, 
N° 65, & 66, new lay'd out, & one Share in the after Divisions, Joseph 
Kidder N° 48, in the North Division, N° 1, in the ninth Range, & one 
Share in the after Divisions. Joseph Bullard N° 2 in the first Range, 
one half Share in the after Divisions with Archible White. To Eb- 
enezer Bullard N° 2 & N° 3 in the second Range & one Share in the 
after Divisions, To Joseph Stevens N° 35 in the North Division N° 3 in 
the Seventh Range, & one Share in the after Division. To Henry 
Putney 49 in the North Division, & N° 7 in the new lay'd out, & one 
Share in the after Divisions, To John Chandler, N° one in the third 
Range, N° one in the fourth Range, & one share in the after Division. 
To Hannah Dinsmore N° 54 in the North Division, N° 4 in the 9 th 
Range & N° 2 in the Seventh Range, & one Share in the after Di- 
visions, To M r Daniel Emerson one Eighty acre Lot, to be lay'd out 
in the Common Land, & one share in the after Division to Compleat 
the right of N° 2 in the Seventh Range of Hannah Dinsmore's, To 
David Nevens N° 187, new laid out, N° 4 in the Eleventh Range, & 
one Share in the after Divisions, To Peter Powers, N° 1 & N° 12 in 
the lots new laid out, & one Share in the after Divisions, To Zaccheus 
Lovewell, N° 3 in the twelfth Range, & N° 3 in the Eleventh Range, 
& one Share in the after Divisions. To Joseph French, N° 4 in the 
third, & 3 in the tenth Range, and one share in the after Divisions, To 
Jon a Hubbard N° 47 in the North Division, & N° 2 in the ninth 
Range, & one Share in the after Division, To John Stevens Esq r , N° 
34, in the North Division, N° 52, in the North Division & one in the 
fifteenth Range, N° 5, new laid out, N° 2 in the 12 th Range N° 4, in 
the 10 th Range, & three Shares in the after Divisions To Isaac Apple- 
ton, N° 63 & N° 42, & N° 41, N° 64 & N° 9 all in the North Division 
& N° one in the Eleventh, N° 2 in the 16 th & N° 69 & 72 New lay'd 
out, & 2 in the Eighth, & two in the third, & 2 in the Sixth Ranges, & 
Six Shares in the after Divisions, To Thomas Adams the Lots N° 25 
& 21, & 22, & 17, & 18, & 50, & 51, in the North Division & Lots N° 
4 in the fourteenth & 1 in the Sixteenth, & 2 in the tenth Ranges, & 
five Shares in the after Divisions, To Cap 1 Robert Choat N° 4 in the 
first Range, N° 1 in the tenth Range, & one Share in the after Di- 



Il6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

visions, To William Brown N° 30, in the North Division, & 4 in the 
Sixth Range, and one Share in the after Divisions, To Nathaniel 
Smith N° 45 in the North Division & N° 3 in the 13 th Range, 4 in the 
12 th Range, one Eighty Acre Lot to be laid out in the Common Land, 
& two shares in the after Divisions, To Thomas Dennis N° 57 in the 
North Division & one Eighty Acre lot to be laid out in the Common 
land & one Share in the after Divisions, To Andrew Spaulding N° one 
in the twelfth Range, & half a Share in the after Divisions to joyn 
with John Marsh, To Isaac Patch N° 4 in the fifth Range, & half a 
Share in the after Divisions, To William Peters of Medfield, one 
Eighty Acre Lot to be laid out in the Common Land, To John Marsh, 
N° 37, in the North Division, & half a Share in the after Division to 
joyn with Andrew Spaulding, To Major Zaccheus Lovewell N° 2 in 
the Eleventh Range, and one Eighty Acre Lot to be laid out in the 
Common, & one Share in the after Division, To Francis Choat N° 3 
in the Sixth Range, one Eighty Acre Lot to be lay'd out in the Com- 
mon Land, and one Share in the after Division To Col John Choat, 
N° 27, in the North Division, & one Share in the after Division, To 
the first Settled Minister in said Township the Lots N° 2 in the 13 th 
Range, & N° 32, in the North Division & one Share in the after Div- 
ision to the Use of the Ministry there, the Lot N° 20, in the North 
Division, & one Eighty Acre lot to be lay'd out in the Common 
Land, & one Share in the after Division, To the Use of the School 
there forever, two Eighty Acre lots to be lay'd out in the Commons, 
& one Share in the after Division, To Benjamin Hoar Jun r N° 16 new 
lay'd out, & N° 26 & N° 36, & N° 53, all in the North Division, & 
two shares, in the after Divisions. — That is to say that Eighteen full 
& equal Shares in said Town in the following Manner viz 1 Thirty Six 
Lots of Eighty Acres each already laid out & Eighteen Shares in the 
after Divisions to be drawn for in some Equitable Manner, that is to 
say two Lots of Seventy Acres each for each Share to be reserved 
for the Use of the Grantors, their Heirs & Assigns forever, & the like 
Number of Lots & Quantity of Land for each Share of each Grantees 
holding in the after Division, & the Remainder besides what is before 
Granted to be to the Use of the Grantees. — that the Divission of the 
said two Seventy acres Lots for each Share be laid out, & Equitably 
Coupled together & drawn for in some open Equitable Manner at or 
before the last day of August 1751, & that the aforesaid Eighteen 
Shares reserved as aforesaid for the Grantors be Exonerated, acquitted 
& fully Exempt from paying any Charge towards making a Settlement, 
& not held to the Conditions of the other Shares respecting a Settle- 
ment nor liable to any Tax or Assessment or Charge, until improved 
by the owners or some holding under them Respectively, that the 



NEW IPSWICH. 

Grantees at their own Expence make Settlement, be at the Charge of 
dividing the whole of the Lands, Clearing & making feacible Roads 
& that all the Lots in said Town be Subject to have all necessary 
Roads lay'd thro' them as their shall be Occasion free from Charge, 
that the Grantees according to the Number of their Shares or Lots 
herein after named make Settlement in the following Manner viz fc that 
within two Years from this Date on each Settling Lot or Share there 
be three Acres of Land Cleared & fitted for Mowing or Ploughing & 
have a Comfortable Dwelling House, the Room to be at least Six- 
teen feet Square, & a Family or some Person dwelling in each 
House, & that within five Years from this Date there be nine Acres 
more cleared inclosed, & fitted for Mowing or Tillage on some Lot 
to each Settling Right as aforesaid, that the Grantees to make Set- 
tlement, & the Number of each be as followeth viz 1 Reuben Kidder 
to make Settlement on three shares or Rights, Archible White, Jonas 
Woolson, Abijah Foster, John Brown, on one Share each, Benjamin 
Hoar Jun r on two Shares, Timothy Heald on one Share, Joseph 
Kidder on one Share Joseph Bullard one, Ebenezer Billiard one, 
Joseph Stevens one, Henry Putney one, John Chandler one, Hannah 
Dinsmore two, Peter Powers one, David Nevens one, Jonathan 
Hubbard one, John Stevens one, Isaac Appleton Six, Thomas Adams 
five, Robert Choat one, William Brown one, Nathaniel Smith two, 
Francis Choat one Thomas Dennis one, Andrew Spaulding one, 
Isaac Patch one, William Peters one, John Marsh one, & Benjamin 

Hoar two in manner as aforesaid. That each of the Grantees 

at the Executing of this Instrument, pay fourteen Pounds Cash old 
tenor, to pay the Charges risen and Ariseing in said Township, to be 
Deposited in the hands of some Person chosen by them for that Pur- 
pose — 

That a Convenient Meeting House be built in said Township, 
within Seven Years from this Date as near the Center of said Town, 
and at such place as the Major part of the Interest of Grantors and 
Grantees shall Determine by a Major Vote in publick Proprietors 
Meetings called for that Purpose, Giving forty days Notice of such 

Meeting, & ten Acres of Land reserved there for publick Use 

That the aforesaid Grantees or their Assigns assess such further Sum 
or Sums of Money in equal Proportion to each Grantees Interest, 
Exclusive of the publick Lots as shall be Necessary for Compleating 
any of the publick Articles aforesaid, & for such further Payment 
of any Sum or Sums that shall by the said Grantees or their Assigns 
be raised for hireing Preaching, or settling & Support of the Minister 
there and on Failure of Payment for the Space of three Months 
after such publick Tax is agreed upon & Posted up, at such Place or 



Il8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Places as the Proprietors, the Grantees aforesaid, or their Assigns 
shall appoint for calling Proprietors Meetings, that so much of such 
Delinquents Right be disposed of as will pay such Tax or assessment 
& all Charges arising thereon. 

That all White Pine Trees fit for his Majesties Use for Masting his 
Royal Navy Growing on said Land be and hereby are Granted to his 
Majesty his Heirs & Successors for ever, and in Case any of the s d 
Grantees or their Assigns, shall neglect or refuse to perform any of 
the Articles, Matters & Things aforementioned by him Respec- 
tively to be done he shall forfeit his Share & whole Right in said 
Township, & every part thereof to those of the said Grantees or 
their immediate Assigns that shall have Complyed with the Con- 
ditions on their parts herein Exprest. and it shall and may be law- 
full for them or any Person or Persons in their Stead, & by their 
Authority, to enter into & upon the Right or part of such Delin- 
quent Owner, & any and every part thereof, in the name of the 
whole of the Settlers that shall fullfill as aforesaid, & him utterly 
to amove, Oust & Expel for their Use, their Heirs & Assigns Pro- 
vided they Settle or cause to be Settled each such Delinq' 8 Right 
or Share, within the Space of One Year at the furthest from the 
Period of such Condition, Articles, Matters & things that is by this 
Instrument Stipulated to be done as the Condition of this Grant, 
& fully discharge & Comply with all the whole Duty & Expence 
such Delinquents ought to have done, & every part of Duty en- 
joyn'd, such Right to be finished at the Several Periods thereof, 
& in Case the said Grantees or their Assigns that shall fullfill their 
parts as aforesaid, & shall omit & neglect for the Space of one Year 
as aforesaid, improveing, Building, & Settling and fullfilling every 
part as herein is Conditioned to be done that all such Share & Right 
as are thus delinquent in said Township, & every part & Parcel 
of such Delinquents shall be forfeited, revert & belong to the 
Grantors of the Premises their Heirs & Assigns with full Authority 
to enter into and upon all such Delinquents Rights & the Possessor 
thereof utterly amove, oust & expel for the Use of the said Grantors, 
Provided there be no Indian Wars within any of the Terms & Lim- 
tation of time aforesaid for doing the Duty Condition'd in this Grant, 
and in Case that should happen the same time to be allowed for 
the Respective Matters aforesaid after such Impediment shall be 

removed. Lastly the said Grantors do hereby promise and engage 

to the said Grantees their Heirs & Assigns, to defend thro' the Law 
to King & Council, if need be One Action that shall & may be 
brought against them or any Number of them, by any Person or 
Persons whatsoever Claiming the said Land or any part, thereof by 



NEW IPSWICH. 



II 9 



any other Title than that of the said Grantors, or that by which 
they hold & derive their's from Provided the said Grantors are 
avouched in, to defend the same, and that in Case on final Tryal the 
same shall be recovered against the Grantors, that such Person or 
Persons shall recover nothing over against the Grantors for the 
Lands, Improvements or Expence in bringing forward the Settle- 
ments, and further that the said Grantors will pay the Necessary 
Expence of time & Money that any other Person or Persons shall 
be put to by any other Suit or Suits that shall be brought against 
them or any of them the said Grantees for tryal of the Title before 
one Suit shall be fully Determined in the Law — 

To all which Premises Joseph Blanchard Esq r Agent, for & in 
Behalf of the Grantors hath hereunto set his Hand & Seal this 
seventeenth day of April 1750 



Joseph Blanchard 



LS 



this being a true Copy of the Original Charter Examin'd Decem- 
ber 25 th 1753, 

attest Benj a Adams Prop rs Clerk 
Copy from the Files Examin'd 

f Geo: Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Benjamin Adams's Copy of Plan. ~] 



H*"U M VVS- ^'Of^yr J, 




I ?/,n Cj Rt« lf,:*,ch 



120 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[John Stevens's Certificate, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 84.] 

Midd x ss Wheareas m r Benjamin Adams on the 24 Day of June : 
1752 was Chosen Clerk of The Proprietors of the Township of New 
Ipswich so Called lying in the Province of New Hampshire 

This may Certefie that the above Said Adams Personally Appeal- 
ing was Sworn To the faithfull Discharge of that Trust 

Before me John Stevens Jus* of Peace 

Townshend July A: D 1752 



[Reserved Lots, 1751.] 
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107 


M r Thomas Packer . 




4 


13 






82 


83 




38 


4 


7 






67 




M r Mark hunking Wentworth 






94 




39 














John Moffatt .... 


14 


2 


14 






80 


81 


George Jaffrey .... 


29 






24 




172 


173 


John Rindge .... 




3 


9 


I I 




176 


177 


John Wentworth 




1 


8 


56 




87 


109 


Joshua Peirce .... 




3 


8 


2 




89 


90 


Nathaniel Meserve 




1 


5 


10 
2 


for 2 : in the 13 
Range 


102 


93 


Richard Wibird 








28 


Laid for the 
minister 


162 


165 


Jotham Odiorne 


23 


3 


5 






68 


95 


Jn°Tomlinson & Jn° Tufton Mason 


59 






60 




163 


164 


Dan 11 Peirce & Mary Moor 


13 


3 


15 






167 


169 


Matthew Livermoor . 


62 


1 


7 






126 


128 


William Parker 


58 






44 




160 


161 


Tho 8 Wallingford 




4 
3 


8 
4 






85 
155 


86 


Col Joseph Blanchard 


4 


4 


157 






4 


2 











NEW IPSWICH. 121 

Taken from the Records of the Propr 3 of Lands Called New Ips- 
wich the 25 th of Dece r 1753— 

The men above mentioned are the Eighteen Grantors of the Town 
Ship of New Ipswich and they have Drawn their lotts as they are 
above Entered the First Two lotts was Drawn at Donstable July y e 
10 th 1750 : the other two lotts was drawn at New Ipswich the 28 th day 
of May 1751— 

This being a True Copy 

at* Benj a Adams Prop rs Clerk 



[Acceptance of Charter, 1753.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 85.] 

Whereas the Proprietors of the Lands, in the Province of New- 
hampshire purchased by them, of John Tuftin Mason Esqr, who Sold 
them Under the Title made by A Common Recovery, did on the 17 th 
day of April 1750 Grant the Quantity of thirty Square Miles part of 
S d Lands, bounded &c Under Certain Considerations, Limitations, 
Reservations, in S d Grant, Mentioned as by the Charter of S d Town 
Reference thereto being had as will fully Appear, Unto the Grantees, 
of S d Township; Voted that we do hereby except S d Title, and for 
Ourselves, our Heirs and Essigns, do Acknowledge that we hold S d 
Lands, Under S d Title, Conditions, & Limitations, with y e Reserva- 
tions in S d Charter Mentioned : Taken from the Records of the Prop rs 
of Lands Call d New-Ipswich the 25 of Dec r 1753 This being Voted 
at their Proprietors Meeting held at the house of M r Benj a Hoar 3 on 
December y e 19, 1753. 

This being a Trew Copy of the Vote : 

attest Benj a Adams Prop' 9 cler 



122 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Draft of Lots.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, pp. 87, 88.] 



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Reuben Kidder 

Reuben Kidder 

Reuben Kidder 

Archable White & 
Joseph Bullard . 
Cap* Jonas Woolson 

Abijah Foster . 
John Brown 
Benjamin Hoar Ju r 
Benj a Hoar Ju r . 

Timothy Heald 

Joseph Kidder . 
Ebenezer Bullard 

Joseph Stevens 
Henry Puttney . 
John Chandler . 

Hannah Dinsmoor 



Rever d M r Daniel Emerson 
David Nevens . 
Cap* Peter Powers 

Major Zacheus Lovewell 

Cap* Joseph French . 

Major Jonathan Hubbard 
Esq r John Stevens 





46 










55 


1 


13 












1 


14 








3 


14 








3 


3 






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2 

2 


1 

4 

15 






33 


3 


1 






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65 




40 


1 
2 
1 


2 

5 
6 


63 
66 




48 


2 
3 


9 

2 
2 






35 


3 


7 






49 


1 
1 

4 


3 
4 
9 


7 




54 


2 


7 


7i 






4 


1 1 


187 

1 

12 






3 


11 








3 


12 








4 


3 








3 


10 






47 


2 


9 






34 


2 


12 





To do two du- 
ties 



Joyning to Strip 
town line — 



76 

131 

96 for 



175 
198 

152 

60 for 

149 

74 

186 

148 
129 

44 for 
124 
108 

125 



133 

78 

71 for 

145 

146 

92 



77 

132 
2 lotts 



179 
121 



159 

2 lotts 



150 

66 



141 

151 
130 

2 lotts 
122 
105 

137 



192 

79 
2 lotts 

140 

147 

88 
142 



NEW IPSWICH. 



123 





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John Stevens .... 




4 


10 


5 




98 


99 


John Stevens .... 


52 


1 


15 






28 for 


2 lotts 


M r Isaac Appleton 


63 
42 










117 


116 


Isaac Appleton .... 


41 


2 


16 






138 


139 


Isaac Appleton . 


64 


1 


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170 


171 


Isaac Appleton .... 




2 
2 
2 


8 

3 

6 






72 for 


2 lottS 


Isaac Appleton .... 




64 




183 


184 


Isaac Appleton . . . 


9 






72 


norwest corner 
of the old lotts 


123 


II 9 


M r Tho s Adams 


25 










166 


168 


Tho s Adams .... 


2 1 

22 


4 


14 






24 for 


2 lottS 


Tho s Adams .... 


17 


1 


16 






156 


I58 


Tho s Adams 


18 


2 


ro 






178 


l8o 


Tho 8 Adams . 


50 










70 for 


2 lottS 


Cap* Rob* Choat . . . 


5 1 


4 
1 


1 

10 






73 fo r 


2 lottS 


William Brown . .'.,-. 


3° 


4 


6 






120 


144 


Nathaniel Smith 


45 


3 


'3 






154 fo 


r 2 lotts 


Tho 8 Dennis 


57 






67 




56 for 


2 m lotts 


Natha 11 Smith .... 




3 
4 


16 
12 






91 


'103 


Andrew Spaulding 




1 


12 










and John Marsh 


37 










153 fo 


r2 lotts 


Isaac Patch halfe a Right . 




4 


5 




part of the old 

80 acre lott 

N° 15 for his 

after Right 






Major Zacheus Lovewell 




2 


1 1 


186 




IJ 5 


143 


the first Minister Right 


32 


2 


13 






75 


106 


the ministerall Right 


20 


4 


16 




Two lotts in the 
west end of the 
Strip Joyning to 
strip Town line 






the Schoole Right 






13 


174 
134 




180 


11 1 


Benja Hoar .... 


26 






16 




135 


136 


Benj a Hoar .... 


36 










69 


104 


Francies ..... 


53 


3 


6 


66 




97 for 


2 lotts 


Co 11 John Choat 


27 










113 


114 


William Peters .... 








70 









T24 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Taken from the Records of the Prop rs of Lands Called new Ips- 
wich the 25 th of Dec r 1753— 

This being a True Copy of the Schedule of the Grantees lotts, 

attest Benj a Adams Prop™ Clerk 



[Plan of Lots.'] 




[Isaac Howe to Greorge Jaffrey, 1768.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 89.] 

Sir be pleas'd to Give me Leave to mind your Honour of a few 
things, first, your Honour may Remember you Desier'd me to Sum- 
mons Evedences to prove Sum Trespases, which I did, and I went 
Seven miles to the Town of Renge for two, to prove the Trespas on 
m rs Wiberts Land, and Ever Sence til I paid them, they keept asking 
me for the pay, I told them the Lords would pay them when the bil 
of Cost was made up, So keept them Easey til the Cost was Recov- 
erd, then they Said they went Seven miles to the Stumps to Sware 




„„« Land on tk.t Sfoto 



NEW IPSWICH. 125 

and they would Sue if I would not pay them the fee, So Rather than 
they Should Sue I paid them, my Self, So be pleasd to think of the 
Servis I have Done, and my paying them to prevent Suing (your 
Honour told me, if you Remember, that if I would persue the Rioters 
in the Law, I Should have Sum Consideration made me, I did it So 
that they quit pretention to the Land and Left the Province) but I 
Leave all to your jenerosity not Douting but that } r our Honour will 
think I Deserve Sumthing for these things; I Should be glad if your 
Honour would Send by the barer Esq Hobard, your mind on the affair 
or whether there is anything for me, if nothing, I Shall think no 
more of it, nor ask no more, any way. So I Remain your most Hum- 
ble and most obedient Servent 

New Ipswich Dec ye 31 st 1768 Isaac How 

To the Honourable George Jeffry Esq 

P S be pleasd to perdon me wha^ver may appear harsh, insiped, 
Superfluus or a mis in this Letter 

Isaac How 



[ Writ in Jaffrey vs. Pratt, 1790.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 90.] 

Hillsborough, >THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

j j « ) To the sheriff of our county of Hillsborough his under sher- 

\ ) iff or deputy, 

—■ — Greeting. 

We command you to summon John Pratt of New Ipswich in said 
County Gentleman (if he may be found within your precinct) to 
appear before our justices of our inferiour court of common pleas, 
next to be holden at Amherst, within and for our said county of Hills- 
borough, on the second Tuesday of June next then and there in our 
said court to answer unto George Jaffrey of Portsmouth in our 
County of Rockingham Esq 1- in an action of ejectment wherein the 
Pla* demands against the said Pratt seizen and possession of a certain 
tract of land situate in said New Ipswich being the lot numbered one 
hundred & seventy in the second division and containing by estima- 
tion sixty five acres more or less & bounded north on lot number one 
hundred and sixty nine west on lot number one hundred & eighteen 
south on lot number one hundred & seventy one & east on lot num- 
ber sixty seven as originally laid out in s d Town whereupon the Pla' 
saith that within twenty years last past he was seized of the premises 



126 CHARTER RECORDS. 

in his demesne as of fee and ought now to be in the actual possession 
thereof Yet the said Pratt hath since entered upon the s d premises 
ejected the Pla* therefrom and stil unjustly withholds the possession 
thereof from him 

To the damage of the said George as he saith the sum of one hun- 
dred pounds, which shall then and there be made to appear, with 
other due damages. And have you there this writ, with your doings 
therein. 

Witness Timothy Farrar esquire, at Amherst the thirteenth day of 
Mav anno domini, 1790 

Rob* Fletcher Clerk. 

True copy Att Rob* Fletcher CI 

Hillsboro ss 17. May 1790 Pursuant to this precept I have sum- 
moned the within named Pratt to appear at the Court within men- 
tioned as the law directs by giving him an attested copy of this writ 

Travel service & copy 6/8 

Isaac Appleton D Sheriff 

True copy Att Rob 1 Fletcher CI 



[Judgment, Jaffrey vs. Pratt, 1791.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 90.] 

May 1791 

Hillsbo ss agreeable to this Rule of Court, We the Refi-ees having 
met and duly notified the Parties (who appeared) and having fully 
heard their respective proofs and Allegations beg leave to Report, that 
y e plaintiff recover against the Defen* Pratt, Seizen & Possession of 
the following tract of Land, described in the Plan ts declaration, that 
is to Say, the lot numbered one hundred & Seventy as mentioned in 
the before recited Declaration — begining at y e Northeasterly Corner 
of said Lot, at a heap of Stones about eighty rods Southerly of a cer- 
tain Beach tree fairly marked & reputed as the North east Corner 
of the Lot Numbered 169 & from said heap of Stones — which is 
adjudged the original Corner of said Lot Numbered 170 Westerly 
about 196 rods by Lot Numbered 169 about 146 rod to the westerly 
line of the gore so called, also that the Plan* recover Cost of Court to 
be taxed in Legal form and Cost of Reference being — 

for Smith's Defe ts 2.18.0 which was Deducted from Plan ts Demand 
5.3.3 — 



NEW LONDON. I 27 

[Note about Bounds.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 90.] 

William Clary Nath 11 Carlton Isaac Appleton j r are knowing to the 
marks of y e bounds between Lot 169 — 170 — in New Ipswich Roger 
Gilmore of Jaffrey Survey r & Chain man Cap* Eph m Hart well of New 
Ipswich a Survey 1 & Referree 



[diaries Barrett's Bond, 1792.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 90.] 

Received of John Peirce Eliz a Wentworths Deed to John Cutter for 
two Lots of Land in New Ipswich for the Consideration of one hun- 
dred & Forty four pounds, for the Security of which payment said 
Cutter is to give a Note & mortgage on said Land, I have also received 
of said John Edw d B. Longs and Wifes Deed to Ephraim Adams for half 
of two Lots of Land in said Town for the Consideration of thirty nine 
pounds 12/ for which I am to take said Adams Note to pay in two 
Years with interest from the date of the Deed, said Cutters Note is also 
to be on interest, which I will get done or return said Deeds in Six 
Months— Jan y 4 th 1792 

Charles Barrett 

for Thomlinsons Land in New Ipswich & Peterborough 



NEW LONDON. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors to William Symes and others as Heidle- 
burg June 5, 1753. Regranted as Alexandria Addition July 7, 1773, to Jonas 
Minot and others. Incorporated as New London June 25, 1779, an d named from 
London, Eng. A part of Kearsarge Gore was annexed June 19, 1793. Portions 
of Sunapee were annexed Dec. 11, 1804, and June 19, 18 17. The northerly part 
was combined with a part of Kearsarge Gore and incorporated as Wilmot, June 
18, 1807. 

See XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 1 ; Index to Laws, 403 ; sketch, by J. E 
Sargent, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 421 ; Centennial, 2 
Granite Monthly, 311, 341, 369; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings 
1836, p. 11 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 400; Notes, by J. Farmer, 18 
Collections of Mass. Historical Society, 173 ; Great Whirlwind, 1821, Collections of 
N. H. Historical Society, 241 ; New London Scythe Co., 5, Granite Monthly, 33 
The Dividing Line, A Sketch of New London, 19, id., 93.] 



128 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Charter of Heidleburg, 1753.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 91.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power & Authority granted & 

New Hamp r j vested me the Subscriber by the Proprietors of Lands 

purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 in the Province of New Hamp r 

by their vote passed at their meeting Held at Portsmouth in Said 

Province the Sixth Day of December 1751 — 

I Do by these Presents on the Terms Conditions with the Reserva- 
tions herein after expressed give & grant all the Right Title Property 
& Possession of the Proprietors aforesaid unto William Symes Esq 1 
Eleazer Farwell Samuel Sarles Samuel Huson Philip Olerick Abial 
Richardson, John Hutchinson Thomas M c Claughlin Isaac Colburn 
William Cox Jonathan Butterfield Charles Cox Benjamin Farwell 
Oliver Colburn, William Eyers Benjamin French William Harris 
Jonathan Farwell Benjamin Thompson Phinehas Underwood Ezekiel 
Greale Robert Fletcher Joseph Butterfield Jun. Joseph Wright Zacheus 
Spaulding Mark Gould Benoni Juel Thomas Juel Reuben Butterfield 
Jonathan Griffin Daniel Merril, Samuel Merril Jun. Nehemiah Love- 
well Henry Snow Peter Prescott Stephen Hosmore Jun 1 ' John Fox 
Jacob Fletcher Elijah Fletcher Samuel Burbank Henry Chase Samuel 
Grele Jun r Benjamin Winn Samuel Grele Sen r William Taylor 
Thomas Parker Robert Fletcher Jun r Joseph Blanchard Jun r Stephen 
Addams John French Jun r — of In and to that Tract of Land or 
Township lying in the Province of New Hamp r afores d Contain- 
ing Twenty Three Thousand and Forty Acres Bounded as Fol- 
loweth Begining at a Beach Tree in the western Line of Mason's 
Patent fifty eight Miles Northwardly from the Province Line at the 
Southwestward Corner of a Tract of Land or Township Granted to 
Joseph Butterfield Jun 1 and His Associats (Cal d Alexandria) From 
thence Run'ing South Sixty five Degrees East Six miles and One half 
to an Elm Tree mark d with a heep of Stones about it from thence South 
Forty Eight Degrees West Six Miles to a Tree mark d from thence 
North Sixty five Degrees west Six miles and one half To a Beach Tree 
Mark d Standing in the afore Said Line of Masons Pattent from thence 
on the Pattent Line afore said to the Bounds first Mentiond said Tract 
or Township is Call d Hiddleburg — to them their Heirs & Assigns To 
have & to hold on the following Terms and Conditions with the Reser- 
vations herein after expressed viz* that the Tract or Township aforesaid 
be Divided into One Hundred and Twenty three Equal Shares Two 
Lots at the Least to each Share to be finished & Drawn for in Some 
equitable and Publick manner at or before the last Day of November 
1755— 



NEW LONDON. 



2 9 



that three of the aforesaid Shares be and hereby are granted free 
from Charge one for the first settled minister one for the ministry 
and one for the School There forever that Twenty more of the said 
Shares be reserved for the Grantors their Heirs and Assigns forever 
and acquitted from all Duty & Charge untill Improved by the 
Owners or Some holding under them Respectively — 

That the Owners of the other Shares make Settlements at their 
own Expence in the following Manner Viz* Each Grantee at the 
Expiration of five years from the Last Day of November next 
after the Date hereof have three Acres Parcel of his Right Respec- 
tively Cleared inclosed & fitted for mowing or Tillage, three Acres 
more Cleared inclosed and fitted as aforesaid then next Annually for 
three Years & at the End of the three Years which will be on the 
last Day of November 176 L have Each a dwelling house built & 
finished fit and Comfortable for a Family to Dwell in & a Family or 
some Person to inhabit & Continue Inhabitancy there for three 
Years then next Coming. That a Convenient Meeting House be 
built in Said Township within Eight years from this Date & Ten 
Acres of Land Reserved there for Publick use. That the Lands in 
Said Township Belonging to Grantors & Grantees be subjected to 
have all Necessary High-ways laid thro' them as there Shall be 
Occasion for the Future 

That the afore said Grantees their Heirs or Assigns by a Major 
Vote in Publick Meeting Called for that Purpose Grant and Assess 
in Equal Proportion Such Sum or Sums of Money as they Shall 
think necessary for Carrying forward & Compleating the Settlement 
aforesaid and every of the Grantees exclusive of the three public 
Lots or his Assignes who Shall neglect for the Space of Sixty Days 
after Such Assessment Shall be Granted to Pay the Same so much 
of Such Delinquents Right Shall and may be Sold as will Pay the 
Respective Taxes & all charges arising thereon by a Committee to 
be appointed by the Grantees or their Assignees for that Purpose — 

And in Case any of the Grantees or their Assignees Shall neglect 
or Refuse to Preform any of the articles matters or things aforesaid 
by Him respectively to be Done he Shall forfit his Right in Said 
Township and Every Part thereof to those of the Grantees or their 
immediate Assigns who Shall Have Comply'd with the Conditions on 
their Part herein Express'd And it Shall and may be Lawful for 
them or any Person by their Authority to Enter Into and upon 
the Right or Part of Such Delinquents Owners & any and every 
Part in the name and behalf of the whole of the Grantees or their 
immediate Assigns who Shall Comply as aforesaid to amove Oust 



I30 CHARTER RECORDS. 

And expel for the use of them their heirs and Assigns — Provided 
they Settle or Cause to be Settled Each Such Delinquents Right 
within the Term of One Year at the furthest from the Perieods that 
is by this Instrument Stipulated to be Done as the Condition of 
this Grant and fully Comply with the whole Duty such Delinquent 
Ought to have Done within One Year from time to time after the 
Respective Perieods thereof And in Case the Gratees or their 
Assignees fullfilling their Parts as afore said Shall neglect fullfilling 
as afore Said the Duty of any Delinquent owner As afore said then 
such Right or Part Shall be forfit Revert and belong to the Grantors 
their Heirs & Assigns and be wholly at their Disposal — Always pro- 
vided there be no Indian War within any of the Terms Afore said 
for Doing the Duty Conditioned in this Grant and in Case that 
should Happen the Same Time to be Allow'd for the Respective 

matters aforesaid after Such Impediment Shall be Removed. 

Lastly that all White Pine Trees fit for Masting his Majestys 
Royal Navy growing on said Tract of Land be & hereby are 
Granted to his Majestys his heirs & Successors forever. To All 
which Premises I Joseph Blanchard agent for and in behalf of the 
Proprietors the Grantors Have hereto Set my Hand and Seal this 
fifth Day of June in the Twenty Sixth Year of his Majestys Reign 
Anno. Dominiq 1753 



Joseph Blanchard I L. S. > 
Copy Examined ^ Robert Fletcher Proprietors Clerk 



[Acceptance of Charter, 1753.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 92.] 

At a Meeting of the Prop rs (the Grantees) of the Tract of Land or 
Township Cal d Hiddleburg in the Province of New Hampshire held 
at Dunstable the twelfth Day of June 1753 

the Following Vote Passed unanimously 

Whereas the Prop rs of Land in the Province of New Hampshire 
purchased by them of John Tufton Mason Esq who sold them under 
the Title made by a Comon Recovery did on the fifth Day of June 
— afore s d Grant the Quantity of Twenty Three Thousand and forty 
acres (by Estimation Part of S d Lands Bounded as Followeth Begin- 
ing at a Beach Tree in the western Line of Masons Pattent fiffty 
Eight miles northwardly from the Province Line at the Southwest- 



NEW LONDON. 



131 



wardly Corner of a Tract of Land or Township Granted to Joseph 
Butterfield Jun r and His Associates Cal d Alexandria From thence 
Runing South Sixty five Degrees East Six miles and one half to an 
Elm Tree mark d with a heep of Stones about it from thence Runing 
South forty Eight Degrees west Six miles to a Tree mark 11 from 
thence North Sixty five Degrees west Six miles and one half to a 
Beach Tree mark d Standing in the afore s d Line of Masons Pattent 
from thence on the Pattent Line afore s d to the Bounds first men- 
tioned Which Tract of Land or Township is Cal d Hiddleburg — 
unto William Symes Esq Eleazer Farwell Samuel Sarles Samuel 
Huson Philip Olerick Abial Richardson John Hutchinson Thomas 
M c Claughlin Isaac Colburn William Cox Jonathan Butterfield 
Charles Cox Benjamin Farwell Oliver Colburn William Eyers 
Benjamin French William Harris Jonathan Farwell Benjamin 
Thompson Phinehas Underwood Ezekiel Greale Robert Fletcher 
Joseph Butterfield Ju r Joseph Wright Zacheius Spaulding Mark 
Gould Benoni Juel Thomas Juel Reuben Butterfield Jonathan Griffin 
Daniel Merril Samuel Merril Ju r Nehemiah Lovewell Henry Snow 
Peter Prescott Stephen Hosmore Jun r John Fox Jacob Fletcher 
Elijah Fletcher Samuel Burbank Henry Chase Samuel Grele Jun r 
Benjamin Winn Samuel Grele Sene r William Taylor Thomas 
Parker Robert Fletcher Jun r Joseph Blanchard Jun r Stephen 
Addams John French Jun r — Under Certain Conditions Limitations 
and Reservations in s d Grant mention d as by Referance thereto will 
fully Appear therefore voted — 

That wee do hereby acept s d Title & for our Selves our Heirs & 
assigns do accknowledge that we hold s d Lands under said Title Con- 
ditions & Limetations with the Reservations therein Mentioned 

Extract From y e votes Examined 

^ r J Blanchard Moderator 

Coppey from the files Examined 

^ r Rober* Fletcher Propietors Clerk 






132 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Heidlelurg, 1753.] 




\_G-rant As Alexandria Addition, 1773.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, July 7, 1773.] 

Voted Also That there be and hereby is granted unto the before- 
named Jonas Minott, Jonathan Bagley, William Bailey, John Talford, 
William Talford, Matthew Thornton, Robert McMurphy, Daniel 
Rindge and Joshua Talford, on the Terms, conditions Limitations & 
reservations herein after exprest, a Certain tract of land situated in 
the County of Hillsborough & Province of New Hampshire, bounded 
as follow's viz e begining at the Southwesterly Corner of Alexandria 
aforesaid on the Pattent line, and Riming on said Pattent line, to 
Fishersfleld Corner, in Great Sunnipe Pond, from thence East, on the 
Northerly side line of Fishersfleld, four hundred seventy two Rods to 
Parrys Town Corner, then North eighty five degrees East about four 
miles to a beach tree marked, on Parrystown Line, from thence North 
thirty nine degrees East, about Sixteen hundred & seventy two rods 
to a beach tree marked in Alexandria Corner, from thence North 
twelve degrees West, to the Pattent line aforemention'd on the 
westerly side of said Alexandria, To -Have & to Hold to the said 
Minot his heirs & assigns forever the one moiety of said Land, and to 
the said Jonathan Bagley, William Bailey, John Talford, William 
Talford, Matthew Thornton, Robert McMurphy, Daniel Rindge, & 
Joshua Talford, and to their respective heirs and Assigns forever, the 
other Moiety thereof, according to their respective Rights and shares 
in said Alexandria, upon the following Terms, Conditions, Limitations 
& Reservations, That is to Say, That one third part of said Land, is 



NEW LONDON. 133 

hereby reserved to the said Grantors, their heirs and assigns forever, 
Viz 1 Lott Number 74, N° 40, N° 128, N° 38, N° 49, N° 122, N° 24, N° 
94, N° 119, N° 121, N° 70, N° 95, N° 58, N° 10, N° 50, N° 36, N° 55, 
N° 67, N° 136, N° 126, N° 3, N° 84, N° 125, N° 17, N° 42, N° 29, N° 
61, N° 90, N° 18, N° 37, N° 83, N° 102, N° 120, N° 43, N° 92, N° 118, 
N° 4, N° 106, N° 19, N° 14, N° 71, N° 7, N° 15, N° 39, & N° 46, and 
two lotts in the Plan return'd of said Tract, a third of which said two 
Lotts is reserved to said Grantors, and belongs to their said third part, 
of said land, besides the particular lotts beforemention'd, which said 
reserved third part shall be held by said Grantors, free from all Taxes, 
and charges whatever, that may arise concerning the Roads, building, 
Ministry, settlements and other Publick affairs, whatever, until the 
Grantors Lands shall be improved, & then only the particular Lott so 
improved, shall be liable, and all the white pine trees fit for his 
Majesty's Use, for Masting his Royal Navy, growing on said Premises 
are hereby reserved for that Use, — That said Grantees shall have 
thirty Families on every twenty thousand Acres on said Tract hereby 
granted, and so in the same proportion for a greater or less quantity 
of land, and all the settlers to be got on and reside on said Land 
within three years from the date of this Grant, which tract of land 
being supposed of an Oblong form, shall be divided in the Centre into 
two Parishes, and that in each parish shall be laid out in the center 
thereof, or as near as may be, a lot in a square form, containing at 
least ten Acres, for a Burying Yard, Training Field, Meeting house 
and other Public Uses forever, And nearly adjoyning to said Lot, 
another of one hundred & fifty Acres, for the use of a Publick School, 
also another Lott of One hundred & fifty Acres, for the use of the 
first settled Minister forever, another Lott adjoyning thereto of one 
hundred & fifty acres, for the use of the Ministry forever, That said 
Grantees build an house for Publick Worship, of thirty Six feet 
square at Least On said ten Acre lot within three years from the date 
hereof and Also within that time shall build a Saw Mill and Grist 
Mill, and if any Grantee or Grantees, in three years from this date, 
shall not settle the Number of Families required to be settled, by this 
Grant in proportion to his Right or Share in said Land, such delin- 
quent Grantee or Grantees, shall forfeit to said Grantors their heirs 
and assigns so much of such delinquents Right or shares in said land, 
as shall amount to one thirtieth part of the whole of said Grant for 
the use of said Grantors, as if this Grant had never been made, and it 
shall be lawfull for them their Heirs & Assigns, or their attorney duly 
appointed to reenter into any such Rights or Lands and become 
reseised & repossessed of the same, The Duty of Settlement is hereby 
meant, that upon each settling Lott there shall be built a dwelling 



134 CHARTER RECORDS. 

house equal to sixteen feet square, and six Acres improved in Mowing, 
Tillage and under fence, — That within Ninety days from this date, 
the lotts of said Grantees, shall be drawn or divided, and a Schedule 
of the Numbers returned to the said Grantors within that time, with 
a list of the settling Lotts, & the lotts thereto belonging, and that 
said Grantees within said ninety days, shall Vote an Acceptance of 
both said Grants, and make a record of such Acceptance, — The land 
in said Tract given to the abovenamed William Bailey is to be under- 
stood as granted to him, upon this condition, that in case he consent 
to take his part given in said Alexandria, as in the Grant thereof of 
even date with this, and to draw for the share given herein to him, in 
Proportion to his Right or Share beforemention'd, Then he shall be 
intitled to what is herein given to him, otherwise the same is hereby 
granted, to the other Grantees and to their heirs and Assigns in the 
same Proportion as the other lands herein given them, — 

That each Grantee Shall give to the Grantors Bonds in the penal 
sum of five hundred pounds lawfull Money in the whole, for the per- 
formance of the said terms and conditions of Settlement according to 
this Grant, which Bonds shall be given within three months, in pro- 
portion to each Grantee's Right in said Lands, and if any Grantee or 
Grantees, shall refuse or neglect to sign such Bonds within that time, 
his or their Rights or Shares, shall be forfeited for the use of the 
Grantees who shall sign such bond, To Hold to them their Heirs & 
assigns in proportion to each Grantees Right in said Grant, — 



[Plan and Description of Alexandria Addition, 1773.] 

June y e 1 : 1773 by the Desire of Mathew Thornton Esq r and M r 
Robart M c murphy boath of Londonderry I have Ben and Tock a Sur- 
vay of all the Land Laying betwen Alaxandrea and fishersfeald and 
Part of Parytown on the Easterly Side of the Patten Line as is Shewn 
by the Plan here in Closed and acording to the Best observation I 
Cold make of the Qulety of Said Land in General it appears to be 
more Ruff and Poor Land than anney I Saw in the Nabering Town it 
being Very mountanes and Rockey the Lower Land Generly Cold and 
Sproosey boggs I Did not See a Grat Deal of Alaxandrea but Perry 
town is acording to the best of my Judment much beter Land in Gen- 
eral than the Adition To Alaxandrea which I Lotted out Gentleman 
m r Minort Desired my Judgment and to take Porticuler Notes as to 
the Goodnes of the Land and To Send it in writing with the Plan, 
Genl n your most Humble Sar* 

Jeremiah Page 



NEW LONDON. 



135 



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June y e 1:1773 This Plan Sheweth y e Number of Lotts in the addi- 
tion of Alaxandrea Joyning on the Souuth westerly Sid of Said Alax- 
andr and the Easton side of the Patten Line to Grate Sunipe Pond 
then by Said Pond to fisherfield then Easterly on fisherfeald to Parry- 
ton North Line then Down Parrytown Line Easterly to a Beach Tree 
marked thence North 39 Degrees East to a beach tree which is the 
Corner of Said alaxandra : it is Divided in to 137 Lotts Each Lott 
Containing 150 acrs Numbered as is Set Down in the Plan Lay d Down 
by a Scale of one Mild to one Inch and as Convenant as the Land 
wold alow I Laid Tew Senter Squars of Ten acrs Each for Publick 
Uses as marked in the Plan the Ponds are as Near as Posable Laid in 
their Shape and Bignes and the Streems Drawd as thay Run throw 
Said Land Said Streems Run Easterly from the Patten Line mesured 
by me 

Jeremiah Page Svayar of Land 

John Tolford and Robart Mcmrphey Jun r Cheen man 



I36 CHARTER RECORDS. 

June y e 23 : 1773 Then Jeremiah Page apperead and made Solomn 
oath that this Plan of the addition of Alaxandrea by him Drafted is 
Just and Trew acording to the Best of his Skill and Judgment — 

Before me — Benj a Day Just Peac 

the Lotts N° 55: and N° 43: and N° 86 — Laying is two Peacs Each 
by Reason of Ponds Taken away Land out of them the Drawed Lins 
are Run and spoted the Pricked Lins are Not Run Nor Spoted but 
the Bounds are made at Each End of the Lotts and Numbered on the 
Bounds and I have a Record of what Sort of wood Each Bound is 
made upon or Stak 



[Jonas Minot to George Jaffrey, 1780.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 94.] 

Sir M r Day, one of the Persons for whom I applied for Land Near 
Newlondon Prays ye Proprietors to Adjourn their Meeting to the 
twenty Ninth Day of this Instant when he Expects to Bring ye money 
for his Land, the oather persons will Send at ye Same Time or as 
Soon as possable, which is all at present from your Most humble Ser* 

Concord June 9th 1780 Jonas Minot 

To the Honr ble George Jeffery 



NEWPORT. 

[Granted as Grenville Jan. 1, 1753, to Isaac Pennell and others. Granted Oct. 
6, 1761, to Nathaniel Fish and others, and incorporated as Newport. Named from 
Newport, R. I. The charter was renewed Feb. 2, 1769. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; X, Bouton Province and 
State Papers, 394, 398, 400, as to participation in movement for union with Ver- 
mont towns ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 46; Index to Laws, 405 ; History, 
by Edmund Wheeler, 1879, pp. 600; sketch, by J. W. Parmelee, Hurd's History 
of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 200 ; sketch, by J. W. Parmelee, 3, Granite Monthly, 
228, 269; address, centennial of Congregational Church, 1879, °v A. S. Wait; 
Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 302 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., 
by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 9. n, 17; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 
456; Great Whirlwind, 1821, 1, Collections ofN. H. Historical Society, 241.] 



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Land is in Newport 

This is a plan of 500 Acre Lot in Newport Laid out to Benning 
Wentworth & now owned by J P — 

N° agred to sell to Jason R. Hall & Luther Hawes — Deeds del d M r 
S. Gunnison Dec 25 1805 

It is probable there is a mistake in the holders of this Land — it is 
believed that Jacob Kelly & Israel Kelley bought Lot N° 2 & 4 & 
that they sold Lot N° 2 to Jos Pearson & Rich d K Sawyer and the 
Kelley still hold Lot N° 2 

Abraham Patterson of Henniker wishes to purchase N° 1 — an 
answer in 30 Days at 600— April 14, 1808 

Dan Putney to have Lot N° 5 at 450 Notes taken deed to be given 
March next by bond Sep 24 1807 



OSSIPEE. 

[Formerly known as Ossipee Gore and New Garden. Incorporated as Ossipee 
Feb. 22, 1785. That part of Ossipee Gore which was not included in Ossipee was 
annexed to Effingham Dec. 23, 1820. Named from a tribe of Indians who once 
lived in that vicinity. A part of the town was annexed to Tamworth Jan. 13, 
1837. A portion of the same territory was reannexed to Ossipee June 23, 1859. 

See XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 138 ; Index to Laws, 415, 416 ; sketch, Fer- 
gusson's History of Carroll County, 1889, p. 579; Stewart's History of the Free 
Baptists, 1862, pp. 252, 302; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 585; Indian 
Mound in, 2, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 45.] 



I38 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition of Joseph Wait, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 95.] 

To The Honorable The Gentleman, Claimants of the Right of John 
Tufton Mason Esquire &c In New hampshire — 

The Petition of Joseph Wait in behalf of himself and a number of 
others, who are very desirous of being Interested in the said Province 
— Most humbly Praying for a Grant of the unappropriated land in 
said Propriety, of the content of about 3000 Acres — where it may be 
found suitable for Settlement, near Ossapee Pond on the Road lately 
marked out by M r Nash — Hereby engaging to enter on the Premises 
immediately, & actually to improve & cultivate the same, agreable to 
the Terms, upon which Your Hon 8 usually grant the said Lands. And 
y r Petitioner will ever Pray &c — 

Portsm 12 th Sep* 1770— Joseph Wait in behalf 

of himself & others 



[Notes about Settlements .] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 96.] 

The Terms and Conditions for the Setlers on the hundred Acre 
Lots to be granted on the Road from Wolfborough to Leavets Town 
viz fc That the Setler before entry on the Lot agreed by y e Com tee to 
be granted, to give a Bond with a Penalty of <£30 — lawfull money to 
clear three acres of land fitt for mowing or Tillage and have a house 
built on the Lot of Sixteen feet Square or equal thereto finished Suita- 
bly for a family for to reside in comfortably and conveniently the whole 
of the year, which to be performed within twelve months from the date 
of y e Bond and to clear three Acres more of the Lot annually for Seven 
years Successively from the first year fit for mowing or tillage and 
that a Family constantly reside on the Lot for y e whole term above 
mentioned — 

and The Com tee are to give the Persons who give the Bonds for Set- 
tlements of y e Lots a Certificate that at the expiration of y e Term of 
the first twelve months if the Terms of y e bond are. then fulfilled a 
grant shall be made of the Lot on the usual Terms 

Setling Lotts on the Road between Wolfborough & Leavits town — 
N° 2— Benj : Scedgel 18 Highlanders 

3 John Scedgel 19 

7— Mill Privaledge Brassbree 22 

10 — Sam : Lear 23 Abel Leathers 

11 Jos : Levy 26 

14 Highlanders 27 

15 Highlanders 




Lay'd out and Survey'd forty five Hundred Acre 
Acre iotts on Pigwacket Road — Every lot is run or 
Said Lotts in the Plan are Numbered with Red ink 

N. B. y e Doted lines are y e Roads, which is d 
Rod Road, all y e others Roads are allowed four Rod 

N. B. the lott N° 46 is a four hundred Acre L 

Portsmouth Sep 1 " i &t 1774 



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ndred Acre lot, and Run y e back lines of y e hundred 
toted, & Numbered on every Corner, of each lott. 

on v e out Side of S d tract of land is aUowed three 



By James Hersey 



OSSIPEE. 



139 



26 th Ap 1 1774 

only ten Lots between Wolfborough & Leavits town to be given to 
setlers five of which to be above N° 18 

Nath 1 Weeks Greenland desires to have a Lot in the new Road he 
is a Going up to Look upon Said Lots and will give an Answer by the 
Latter End may Next April 29, 1774 — 

Cornelius Denbow of Lea & Richard Glover of ditto Desires to have 
a settlement in that p* of the Land Lately Lay'd out by James Hersey 
Octob r 11, 1774 

Setlers on the Road between Conway & Ossepee River from N° 34 
& 35 to 68 & 69 which includes 32 which the settlers have liberty to 
chuse their 10 Lots out of 



[Division of Ossipee, 1775.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 3, 1775, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 7, p. 97.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth March 3 d 1775 Fry day three of the 
New Hampsh r \ Clock afternoon at the Dwelling house of James 
Stoodly Esq r Innholder — The Proprietors meet according to adjourn- 
ment — 

Whereas the Proprietors hold in Common and undivided a certain 
tract of Land, Scituate in the county of Strafford adjoining East- 
Town (now Wakefield) Leavetts Town, Ossipee pond, Tuftonborough 
and Wolfborough; in which tract of land, hath been lately laid out 
into forty five Lotts each lott containing five hundred Acres, by James 
Hersey, as by his Plan thereof dated September 1 st 1774 and returned 
into the Clerks office of the Proprietors, which plan was taken in order 
to prepare the way for a Division and Severance thereof among the 
Proprietors ; but the Proprietors judgeing it expedient and necessary 
to have Speedy Settlements on the Lotts — do reserve one hundred 
Acres in each of Said five hundred Acre Lotts, in common, to be 
hereafter appropriated for the encouragement and Use of Settlers 
thereon — Therefore Voted That each Proprietor to whose Right and 
share any one of Said five hundred Acre Lotts shall be drawn, shall 
hold in Severalty only four hundred Acres thereof, that the remain- 
ing one hundred acres belonging to each of Said Lotts shall continue 
in common & undivided, to be disposed of for the Encouragement of 
Settlers, or any other Purpose the Proprietors may think proper — and 
that Daniel Rogers Esq r m r John Penhallow and m r John Peirce, and 
m r William Whipple be the Committee to put a Settler on each of 



I4O CHARTER RECORDS. 

Said one hundred Acre lotts So reserved, on Such Terms, as they may 
think best for the Interest of Said Proprietors ; and that the Said Com- 
mittee be and hereby are impowered to give Quit Claim Deeds for any 
of the Said reserved one hundred Acres to Settlers — and also Voted, 
the Said forty five, five hundred Acre Lotts, be now drawn for to the 
Right of each of the fifteen Proprietors, or to those who hold under 
any of them and when so drawn, to be held in Severalty, to whose 
Right they are respectively drawn, except the Said one hundred Acres 
in each lott, before reserved — The Lots were drawn and entered in the 
following manner — 

drawn 1 st To Theodore Atkinson Esq r N° 34— N° 9— N° 45 

2 d Jotham Odiorne Esq 1 ' Right N° 4— N° 32— N° 29 

3 John MofTatt Esq r N° 5— N° 31— N° 43 

4 John Rindge N° 21— N° 19— N° 7 
5 rh Tho s Walingford Esq r Right N° 12— N° 36— N° 14 

6 Blanchard Messerve & Comp a N° 42— N° 35— N° 44 

7 Tho s Packer Esq rs Right N° 30— N° 37— N° 1 

8 Dan 1 Peirce & Moor's Right N° 3— N° 39— N° 13 

9 George Jaffrey Esq r N° 8— N° 38— N° 6 

10 Richard Wibird Esq r Right N° 17— N° 28— N° 33 

11 Mark Hunks Wentworth Esq r N° 24— N° 2— N° 20 

12 Josh a Peirce Esq rs Right N° 16— N° 40— N° 11 

13 Solly & March N° 23— N° 25— N° 10 

14 Jn° Wentworth Esq r Right N° 41— N° 27— N° 15 
15 th Thomlinson & Mason N° 22— N° 26— N" 18 

whereas in the laying out and Division of the foregoing forty five 
hundred Acre Lotts, there is no proper reservation for Roads and 
high Ways through Said Lotts Therefore Voted that all necessary 
high Ways and roads may be laid out through any of Said Lotts that 
•may best accomodate the Inhabitants of Said Lotts, and the publick — 



[G-ra7it of Certain Improvements, 1775.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 98.] 

We The Subscribers a Committee of Masons Propriety ingage in 
•our said Capacity to give to Duncan ; James & Alexander Mack- 
naughton and John Young a proper Quit Claim Deed of one hundred 
Acres of Land to each one of them between y e Lots N° 10 & 20 & 
between the lots N° 11 & 19 laying on the Road from Wolfeborough to 
Conway in Such a Manner as to Save to each Man the improvements 
already made there by them 



OSSIPEE. 



I 4 I 



Portsm April 28 th 1775— 

a Copy of Agreem* given to the Scotch Setlers 



D 1 Rogers ) n 

John Penhallow } Uomm 

Duncan M N° — 17 

James M 18 

Alexand r — 15 

Jn° Young — ....... 16 

Peter Stewerd — ...... 14 



[Notes about Settlements.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Yol. 7, p. 99.] 

Terms for Setle [torn] Each Setler to have one [torn] 

The first year [torn] Build a conveniet dwelling [torn] feet square 
or equal thereto 

The Second Year to clear three acres more & have the first three 
Acres under improvement 

A Family to reside constantly on the premises five Years after y e 
first Year 

to be allowed a fortnight after application to return the number of 
the lot chosen — 

The Committee to give an obligation that they shall have a proper 
Conveyance as soon as the first Years duty is fulfilled they giving 
Bond for their full Compliance with the terms 

Lent Henry Rust Esq 1 ' Samuel Mallows Obligation for Lot N° 45 
in Osseepee which he is to Return — 

N° 1 and N° 24 is Engaged to Henry Rust Esq 1 ' If he Inclines to 
Settle them — 

N° 1 Henry Rust Esq r 24 Henry Rust Esq r 

2 N. Frost 25 

3 Rob 1 Hardy 26 

4 Jos: Bickford 27 

5 Sol : Muncy 28 J. D 

6 29 J. D 

7 30 

8 Con : Denmore 31. J D 

9. Rich : Glover 32 Jon 11 Penniman 

10 mill S d reserved 33 mill Privledge 



I42 CHARTER RECORDS. 

11 mill S d Reserved 34. J. D. 

12 E Burnam 35 a Penniman 

13 Sol: Crochet 36 

14 mill S d Reserved 37 

15 mill S d Reserved 38 

16 Jos. Pitman 39 

17 Tho s Triggs 40 

18 Arch: Camell 41 S. Mallows 

19 J. D. 42 J. D 

20 43 J. D. 
21. J. D. 44 

22 J. D 45 S. Mallows 

23 John Wadley 

Mem d the Lot N° 27 Opposite this to be Reserved Six Weeks from 
this 26 th Day of November ^ agreem ts for Jonathan Penniman 

State of New Hamp r 

Articles of Agreement made this 11 th Day of Jan y 1778 Between 
Dan 1 Rogers & Will™ Whipple Esq rs and John Penhallow Merch* a 
Committee of the Proprietors of Mason Patent and John Dudley of 
Ossipee in the County of Strafford and State afores d Husbandman 

We agree to give to Cap* John Dudley a Quit Claim deed of the 
Lot N° 10 on Conway Road upon the Conditions Following, that he 
Build an House on said Lots of Thirty feet Square or Equal thereto 
and a good Barn Twenty by Thirty feet and Set out Two hundred 
Apple Trees on said Lot and a Famely to Move on Said Lot by the 
First Day of October Next Ensuing and to Reside on the Same for 
Five Years next Ensuing and Also that he Quite Claim to us that hun- 
dred Acre Lot that he Chose out of Lot N° 19 and Clear up and fit for 
Sowing as many Acres of Land on said Lot as is Cleared on Lot N° 10 
Aforesaid and to Raise a Substantial House Frame on said Lot Thirty 
feet by Sixteen Also a Good Barn Frame Thirty Two feet by Twenty 
and Bring a sufficient Quantity of Bords to the Spot for covering 
Inclosing and Bring also for Building a Partition a Cross said House. 
the Bords to be sufficient to Cover both Buildings Above Mentioned 
— Col° Rust to be the Sole Judge of the Quantity of Land Cleared 
on Lot N° 10, and Also of that to be Cleared on Lot N° 19 Also of 
the Quality of the Land on Each Lot and the Buildings thereon the 
Land to be Cleared on Lot N° 19 by the 15 th day of October Next Ensu- 
ing at Furthest and the Houses and Barn Frames be Raisd on Said 
Lot by the 15 th August Next Ensuing. Also the Bords to be hailed 
upon the Spot by the afores d 15 th Day of August Next Ensuing 



OSSIPEE. I43 

Lot 32 

Begining at the westerly Corner of said lot on Tuftenborough line 
thence runing on said line to the Easterly corner of Tuftenborough 
thence runing by the Easterly line of Tuftenborough to the South- 
erly Corner of Lot N° 35 then runing North Easterly on the line of 
said Lot 35 so far as will make 160 Rods on an North Easterly course 
from the first mention'd Bounds thence runing South East so far as a 
South west line to the North Easterly line of Lot 33 will Include 100 
acres and no more 

N° 35 Begining at the Southerly corner of said Lot and running 160 
Rods on Tuftenborough line thence runing from said line 100 Rods 
on a parrelel line with the North westerly side line of Lot 32 thence 
runing South Easterly 160 Rods to the last mentioned line then on 
said line to the Bounds first mentioned to contain 100 Acres and no 
more 



[Report on Capt. Dudley's Road, 1777.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 100.] 

Wolfborough Aug* 25 th 1777 
Gentlemen 

Agreeable to Your Desire I have again Servey'd Cap fc Dudleys 
Road & find it much better than it was so that it may be call'd a pass- 
able Waggon Road except Bridging over the Two largest Rivers Tho 
not compleated according to his Agreement with You for the Agreem* 
is that it shall be a Good & Compleat Waggon Road I have allso Seen 
S d Road Measured begining at the Conway Road near Bear Pond 
from which to Beach River is Three & a half Miles & Thirty Rods 
from thence to Lovel River Two & a half miles & 24 Rods from 
thence half a Mile which carried us near a small pond on the Easterly 
side of the Road whereabouts Cap* Dudley thinks the Notherly side 
Line of the Township of Ossipe Crosses S d Road tho we could not 
find it — from thence to Josh a Nickinsons Field Three Miles & 20 Rods 
Your Obed fc Hum 11 sarv" 

Henry Rust 
Miles Rods 

3i 30 

2J 24 

i 



6i 54 

3 20 



n — 74 

The Hon 11 Dan 11 Rogers & others Com" 



144 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Lots pitch'd by Cap* John Dudley — 

N° 29 the south corner to run 160 Rods on lot N° 28 and 100 rods 

back on lot n° 18 — 

28 the east corner to run 160 Rods on lot N° 29— & 100 Rods on 

the North west side line of lot N° 18 

21— the West corner— 160 Rods on lot N° 22— and 100 rods lot 26 

22 the North corner 160 on 21— & 100 rods on 26 & 25— 

34 the West corner runing 160 rods on Tuftonborough line & 100 

rods on that strip land between Wolfborough & Tuftonborough — 

42 the south corner to run 160 rods on lot N° 43—100 on lot 37 — 

43 the West corner 160 rods on lot N° 42 100 rods on lot N° 30— 
19 the West corner to run 160 on lot N° 21 and 100 rods on lot 

N°27 

31 the east corner to run 160 rods on lot 28 100 on lot 30 — 

Also a hundred acre lot N° 9 on the Easterly side of the Conway 
road — 

Nathan Lee is to have lot N° 8 on the West side of the Conway 
road provided he makes his Settlement within one year 

Cap* John Dudley is to have proper securities for the several tracts 
of Land herein ment' 1 according to our former agreem* with him pro- 
vided he demands it in three month from the date Aug* 29, 1777 — 

John Dudley 



\Jolin Dudley Recommends Somebody, 1777.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 102.] 

To Daniel Rogers Esq 

Sir I Make free to Recomend to your Honer a Nabeor of mine for 
a setlor in the New garden and I Do the More freely Recomend him 
as I take him to be a Claver honest man and one that will be sarvesa- 
ble to the Place on account of his trade as wall as a Good townsman 
and as he Hath a fancy for a settelment on the Lot No 4 I Desier 
that you wold Do him the favor to Lat him have it one Reson of my 
Riteing to your honer is becaus one of his Nabors is about to under 
mind him aftor he hath Ben at Consadrable troble abut it your honers 
Compliance will Very Much ablidge your Very humble sarvet 

M : burrough October John Dudley 

y e 13:: 1777 



OSSIPEE. I45 

{Jonathan Pennimarfs Request, 1778.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 103.] 

Moultonborough Jan y y e 7 d 1778 
Sir I Should Be glad of one more favour of your hormor Sir I & my 
Son was Down at portshmouth & the Committe met & we took 
the Engagement of two Setlers Lots Laying in the township of New 
Garden & your honner and the rest of the gentleman Committe gave 
me incorridgement that your honners would hang up two Lots for 
two young men which are out at Labour & their times is not out till 
the first of Next march & please your honner Sir I Should Be glad if 
your honner would Do me the Cines to hang these two Lots up untill 
the first of Next march the Numbers of these are no : twenty seven & 
no thirty six & in So Doing you will oblidge 

your humble Serv : 

Jon a penniman 

Mem Jacob Scadgel has Sold to Benjamin Scadgel Jun r 100 Acres 
of Land Lots N° 11 on Conway Road for 9 Dollars June 1777, and 
Went upon Said Lot and fell 10 Acres of s d Land and put up a Frame 
House, but not Inclous d ; and then went aprivateering, and in his 
Absence the Spring 1778 his futher Clear d 3 or 4 Acres and planted 
the same, Sence which the Above Named Jacob Scadgel has Sold it 
to One Nich s Leathers and is now Sowing of Rye upon the Improved 
part of Said Land where Corn was Started 



[John Dudley's Request, 1778.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 104.] 

To the Honrable Committe of tofton Masons propriate Gentlemen — 
you May Remember that one m r Peniman had the promis of a Lot of 
Land in the New garden being Lot No 27 for a Sartain yong man 
Who has fall thrue and Mr. peneman hath Given the Chance up to 
me and I under Stand that Adorn Brown of this Town had a promis 
of a Lot from your honers for Sattleing and I Should Be glad if he 
might have the afore Lot as I have Given it up to him if it is agrea- 
ble to Your Honers from your homble Sarvent 

John Dudley 

Moultonborough September 1778 
10 



146 



CHARTER RECORDS 



[Proprietors' Lots, 1780.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 104.] 

[Endorsed] The Numbers of the Proprietors Lots of Land in 
Ossipe 1780— 



Numbers of Lotts j Quality 



Numbers of Lotts ! Middleing lotts 



I 


N o 3 


good Lott. 


1 


No 2 


Middleing lott 


2 


No 4 


good Lott. 


2 


No 9 


Midd. lot. 


3 


No 5 


good lott. 


3 


No 25 


Middleing lott. 


4 


No 8 


good lott. 


4 


No 26 


Doto lott 


5 


No 12 


good lott. 


5 


No 27 


Doto lott. 


6 


No 16 


good lott. 


6 


No 28 


Do lott. 


7 


No 17 


good lott. 


7 


No 32 


Do lott. 


8 


No 21 


good lott. 


8 


No 31 


Do lott. 


9 


No 22 


good lott. 


9 


No 35 


Do lott. 


1.0 


No 23 


good lott. 


10 


No 36 


Do lott 


11 


No 24 


good lott. 


11 


No 37 


Do lott 


12 


No 34 


good lott. 


12 


No 38 


Do lott 


13 


No 30 


good lott. 


13 


No 39 


Do lott 


14 


No 41 


good lot 


14 


No 40 


Do lott 


r 5 


No 42 


good lott. 


15 


No 19 


Do lott 



[Deed, McJSTaughton to Dudley, 1780.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 105.] 

To all People to whom these Presents shall come Know ye that I 
Duncan M c Naughton of Tamworth in the County of Strafford & 
State of New Hampshire Yeoman do by these Presents for the Con- 
sideration of Five Pounds received hereby, remise, Release & forever 
Quit Claim unto Capt. John Dudley his Heirs & Assigns forever all 
the Right, Title, Claim & Demand that I have or ought to have unto 
Two Hundred Acres of Land in New Ossipee so called — by Virtue of 
a Bond of the same from a Committee of the Purchasers of Masons 
Patent to make settlements upon One of which Hundred Acres my 
Brother James M c Naughtan who is now Deceasd, began a Settlement 
upon, the other Hundred Acres my Brother Alexander M c Naughton 



OSSIPEE. I47 

began a Settlement upon who has now left this Country — The Bond 
of which Land I agree to give up to the said Dudley to his own Use 
Witness my Hand & Seal May 20, 1780— 

Duncan mcNaghtan 
Witness David Folsom 

M r Duckon mc c onton Pise to Give up the bond to mr John Kinnis- 
ton that Set foreth in the With in as it is his Rite and Due and it 
Will oblige me 

September y e 7 th 1781 John Dudley 



[Certain Lots Wanted, 1780.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 105.] 

1780 July 5 th M r John Dearburne of North Hampton desires that 
he might have the Lot N° 2. which J Frost has forfeighted by not Set- 
tling also Lot N° 5. to Solomon Munsey, but Nothing done and Also 
the Lot N° 6 — the Above Lots for Setling 

Portsm July 6 th Henry Rust Esq r Desires that he may have Lot 
N° 1 on Conway Road, and be Inform'd as soon as may be 



148 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[James Kersey's Plan, 1781.] 




This Plan is laid out into one hundred Acre lots one half Mile in 
length & one hundred Rods in wedth — allowed four Rod Road at the 
end of the lots & allow'd two Rod between the lots — all the Double 
lines Denotes a Road — the Range Runs Parrellel with the Province 



OSSIPEE, 



I 49 



line North 8 degrees East & South 8 Degrees West the Side line of 
the lots Runs oft at Right angles from the Range lines — the lots are 
Number'd at the Westerly end — 

N B N° 19 & 19 are coppled for one hundred acre lot likewise N° 
82 & 82 are coppled 

this Survey is Made 1781 By 

James Hersey 

[Statement about Mills, 1781.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 106.] 

This May Sartify Whome it May Consarne that Cap 1 John Dudley 
Buielt a Sowy mill and a Griss mill on Loat N° 33 in Osepey Goore 
In the moneth of September 1777 the Sowy mill Cut Bords in Octo- 
ber fouling a fraim House I Built the Same foil two fiers Plases is in 
it and three Rumes Seeled Rownd with Good Bords a famaly Rumovd 
on the Primises the Same foil and Reamaind in the town Eaver Sence 
the Griss mill I Have Leased ouet to one m r Brown for the Spse of 
teen years and Give him the Priveleg of all he Can Rais on fifty 
accors of the Land by Reason the Land is meain and not fit for a 
faram the Land that is Clered Round the mils is Eight or teen accors 
Exept Sum Large Loags m r Brown the Miller Gives us Good Sattis- 
faticon as a good Miller We Whose Names are under written attest to 
the Same — 

March y e 15 th 1781 
Phe s Graves Joseph Garland David Been 

Rich a Beacham Josiah Poland Samuel Sias 

Jacob Brown Joseph Pitman John Wadligh 

John Goldsmith Benjamin Sceggel Benjamin Sceggel 

John Sceggel Thomas Prows John Young 

Isaac goldsmith 



[Certificate in Favor of John Dudley.'] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 126.] 

This May Certify whome it May Consarne that Cap 1 John Dudley 
of Ossipee goare has Erected a Comfortable Dwelling hous of Two 
goods Rums well Seeld of workmanlike on the lot N° 41 in said goare 
— & has fitted 20 Acres fit for the plow — Ten Acres of which Was 
plowed & put under improvement Last season with Indian Corn wheet 
& oates & Removd a famely on the premisses Last fall — the house is 
built of Good Hew'd timber — And it appears Verry Likely a fine Set- 



i5° 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



tlement will bee Carried on there — we whose Names are Under writ- 
ten Attest to the same Winthrop Smith 

John Sanderson 
Obadiah Dudy 



[Mersey's Plan, 1782.] 



-ucnsiATi- 




OSSIPEE. 151 

A Plan of a Strip of Land in Ossipee Gore that Layes North of 
What they call'd Tamworth & between Said Taraworth & the cure 
line So on the West to Sandwich — & So on the East to the North 
Division in ossipee Gore — the said Strip or tract of land, is laid out 
into hundred Acre lots one half Mile long & one hundred Rod wide — 
& is Numbered at the North end of Said lots as will appear on the 
Plan-the Range lines Run East & West, the cross lines run at Right 
angles from the Range lines — allowing four rod wide for Highways on 
the South Side of the Range lines — all the cross Roads are two Rod 
wide one rod out of each lot, all Double lines denote for roads Run out 
& Bounded in the Year 1782 P r 

James Hersey — 



[Petition of Isaac Goldsmith and Others, 1781.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 107.] 

To The Honourable Commity of the Land Ownd by John Tuften 
Masson Esq r Gentleman — 

as we the Subscribers have settled On your Land in the Town of 
Ossipee gore or New Garden so calld — Sirs our Land was Laid Out 
100 Rods on the Roade & to Extend one hundred & Sixty rods back 
from Conway Roade — and by Reason of the Roade Not being Streight 
Our Land will fall Short of the obligation — but Cap* John Dudley of 
Said goore has Given his oblegation to Leet us have Boards at his 
Mill to help us a Long with our Buildings to Our Satesfaction Sirs its 
For the Land that is wanting — 

We Being Verry Por & anable to Travel the Roade to Your Hon- 
ours-we have concluded to Deliver Our Boands to S' 1 Dudley Praying 
that y r Honours will take the Boands & Give said Dudley Deeds in 
Our Names — Your Honours Regarding our Verry Hum 1 Potitions 
will Much Oblige your Very Hum 1 Petioner 

March 29 th 1781— 

Isaac Goldsmith Joseph Pitman 

Samuel Sias Corneal: Denmore 

John Sceggel binjmen scaggall 



[Deed to Winthrop Smith, 1781.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 108.] 

Know all Men by these Presents, that We William Whipple 
Esquire John Penhallow and John Peirce Merchant all of Ports- 



152 CHARTER RECORDS. 

mouth in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hampshire 
the major part of a Committee appointed & Impowerd by the Pro- 
prietors of Masons Patent to sell, convey and give for Settlement any 
Lands in the Township of Ossipee in the County of Strafford and 
State aforesaid For and in Consideration of the Sum of one Shilling 
Lawful Money of said State to us in Hand, paid before the Delivery 
hereof, for the use of said Proprietors and for certain Settling duties 
to the same use already performed by Winthrop Smith of said Town- 
ship of Ossipee Husbandman the Receipt whereof we do hereby 
acknowledge, have given, granted, bargain'd, sold and released; and 
by these Presents do give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, release, convey 
and confirm to him the said Winthorp Smith his Heirs and Assigns all 
the Right and Claim of the said Proprietors of in and to One hundred 
Acres of Land being part of Lot Number forty one containing five 
hundred Acres, bounded as followeth begining at the northerly cor- 
ner of Lot Number forty two on ossipee pond and riming 'on the line 
between said Lot number forty two & N° forty one so far that turn- 
ing at right angles and runing to Lovels River will contain one hun- 
dred acres and no more between said Pond, said River, and the said 
line between lots number forty two and forty one — 

To have and to hold, the said granted Premises, with the Appur- 
tenances thereof, to him the said Winthorp Smith his Heirs and 
Assigns to his & their proper Use, Benefit and Behoof forever : we 
in our said Capacity Hereby engaging to warrant and defend the said 
granted Premises, against all Claims or Demands of any Persons 
claiming by, from or under the said Proprietors — 

In Witness whereof we have here unto set our Hands and Seals this 
23 d Day of April Ann. Domini 1781— 

Signed Sealed and W m Whipple [seal] 

Delivered in the Presence John Penhallow [seal] 

of us, the words contain- John Peirce [seal] 

ing said Capacity 
benig first interlined 

H Wentworth 

Tho Martin 

State of New Hampshire ) Portsmouth the 23 day of April 

Rockingham ss j 1781 

Then the above named W m Whipple J Penhallow J Peirce per- 
sonally appearing acknowledged the above written Instrument to be 
their voluntary Act and Deed, before me, 

H Wentworth Justice Peace 



OSSIPEE. 153 

[John Dudley's Report, 1781.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 109.] 

Labour Don on Land in osepey gore By Teackler men as setlers on 
the Lord Prirters Land and Examand By John Dudley the Quantyof 
Land under Improvement on Each Lot 

i'il find on Lot n° 2 Don by m r Benjmun Scaggel 16 accors under 
improvement and 4 accors fell 

1 find on Lot n° 3 under improvement Don by mr John Scaggel 10 
accors and 3 accors fell — 

I find on Lot n° 12 under enprovemen Don by m r Samuel Sias 18 
accoors and 8 accors fell — 

I find on Lot n° 6 under inprovement Don by m r Jacca goldsmeath 
16 accors and 4 acars fell — 

the 500 accors Lots — 

I find on Lot n° 16 under inprovement 14 accors and 4 accors fell 
Don By m Joseph petman 

I find on Lot no 8 under inprovement Don by m r Corniels Denmor 
16 accors and 4 fell 

upon Strict Exseminnation of the Land menshend above is now 
under inprovement by the men menshed above which I am Rady to 
a test to the Best of my Knowledg 

April the 19 1781 John Dudley 



[List of Leeds to Settlers, 1781.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 109.] 

Deeds given this 23 d April 1781 

to Winthorp Smith 100 Acres part of Lot N° 41 

to John Dudley 100 Acres part of Lot N° 33 on which are the 
mills — 

John Schedgel & Martha his wife Lot N° 3 on the east side rode 

Samuel Sias Lot 12 on the West y side d° 

Benj a Schedgel Lot N° 2— ditto 

Isaac Goldsmith Lot N° 6 on ditto 

Cornelius Denmore 100 Acres part of ' Lot N° 8 — 

Joseph Pitman 100 Acres part of Lot N° 16 — across s' 1 Lot & 
bound on the one hundred acre lots — 

John Dudley for Lot N° 5 on the Easterly side of the Conway 
road — 



154 CHARTER RECORDS. 

I hereby ingage to have the above ment d deeds on record in office 
with Thomas W k Waldron Esq and produce in three months from the 
date his certificate thereof 

Portsmouth April 23 d 1781— John Dudley 

[On the reverse are the following descriptions :] 

begining at the northerly corner of lot no 42 on ossipe pond & rim- 
ing on the line between 42 & 41 so far that turning at right angles & 
riming to Lovels River will include one 100 acre & no more between 
s d pond & said River & the s d line between lots no 42 & 41 — Win- 
throp Smith 

so far that a line run parrallel with the easterly line on the hundred 
lots to the notheasterly line of said Lot n° 16 to be of equal widths at 
both ends & to contain one hundred acres & no more 

One hund Acres being part of Lot 33 — bound as followeth begin on 
the river 20 Rods N East y from his Saw & Grist mills from thence run 
parrall with the N Easterly begin on the S E y line of s d & the to run 
across said line parrellel to the N E y line thereof to the N W y line 
just 20 Rods N E y of his Saw and Grist Mill & to run so far South W y 
on Said South easterly & North W y lines as that a line run parrall to 
the first ment d line across said lot will enclude 100 Acre & no more — 



[John Dudley to Proprietors, 1781.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 110.] 

To the Honrable Commity of Masons Pattan 

I Have had a hint that one M r Brown is a Coming Down to Git Lib- 
erty of your Honours to build a Sowy mill and a Griss mill on Loat 
N° 7 on Conway Road on a Smoll Brock but I think it will hurt your 
Intrest much and be of but Littel Profit to the Setlers but if he 
will agree to build them on Pine River at the Lore End of the town 
I think it will be much for your Intrest for thair is a Good Place for 
mills Gentell men m r Brown think he is not yused well in Reespet of 
Loat n° 5 for he Sease he Had the Promis of it Last year of your 
Honours and thinks hard of me allso I Pray your Honours to Leat m r 
Brown know how the Case Was that y e Loat went for to make up the 
Settlers Loat that fell Short m r Parse minsters fogg of kinnitown 
Sun he is Seen your Loat n° 16 and Conoluds to bie it if he Can git 
Sum Good Parterner and no fear I told him the Prise is 20 Shilings 
p r accor Si r I think you will a Gee you will Git hold of a Good man if 
you trade gentlemen I Should be glad to build the Brige if wee Can 



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Ijrcan 



* 5 




A Plan of the Northerly Division in Ossipee Gore, Bounded Northerly ; part on Co 
Northeasterly of Ossipee Pond— so Bound'd Easterly on the Easterly Division, that joir 
Land that layes North of said Tamworth— Said Division is laid out into hundred Acres 1< 
at lhe Nnrtherlv pnd of <jairl Int-c all Knt a f&™ l^to tl-^f ;^;~^ ~„ r*~„ o-.-^i. i- _ t i_. 



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V fi> 



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'Ul 3 1- 2 YM. °l ±* 3 AL S93<.£>3(Z Z& i^ir>-oii 




Scale a/two tililes^ m-,Uio two Inches 



2sf to 25eec?i ire 
in ossx/tee Qroye 



I 

nrxle. 



line, & part on y e curve line, so Bounded Southerly, on the South Division, that layes 

ovince line — & so Bounded Westerly ; Part on Tamworth so calPd ; part on a Strip of 

Mile long & one hundred rods wide, that are square & layes regular; & is Numbered 



OSSIPEE. 



155 



a gree by Reason I am in Sum Difiklty aboute Sum Land that I 
wanted of your Hounors and it ouing to m r Langdon a geement with 
me Gentlemen m r Harsey is Com to Lay ouet all your Lands a 
Cording to his order and is now Gon to Beagin at Conway I Reamein 
your Neady frind and Hum 11 Sarv* 

osepee Gore June y e 18 th 1781 John Dudley 



[John Dudley to John Penhalloiv, 1782.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 111.] 

Ossipee Gore May 1 st 1782 

Doubless you remember the frequent Applications I have made to 
the Proprietors for the Hundred Acre Lot numberd One adjoining 
Tuftonborough which Lot I had engaged (If obtaind) to the Bearer 
M r Joseph Garland, who is a steady Young Man, & is likely to make 
a good Settler — I was the more earnest to obtain that Lot for him 
because he had fancied that Lot & no other on Account of an old 
Neighbour, & I was unwilling that he should leave the Place — The 
Lot is no more than midling for Quality — the Bearer has assisted M r 
Hersey in his Surveys 5 or 6 Weeks this Spring exclusive of his 
Labour last Fall — & I suppose will ever stand ready for your Service — 
any Favour the Proprietors may shew him in the Sale of that Lot, I 
dare venture to engage a Suitable Conduct on his part — 

You likewise Sir no Doubt remember that I have often mentiond 
the Case of Cap* Brown to the Prop rs but I woucl once more beg 
Leave to mention that Matter — He at first ventured to lay out a large 
Interest in the Town without any Encouragent of the Proprietors, & 
what has been unfortunate for him he has not got upon the first Rate 
Land — however his Enterprising Genius has overcome the many 
Obsticles in his Way — his Proficiency in Clearing Land has been 
great for the Time & his Buildings are large & commodious, & carried 
on through almost every Inconveniency — & he has ever through great 
Expence kept best Entertainment for Travellors — he still Labours 
under great Discouragements ; the Low Circumstances of the Settlers 
round him often call for his Assistance which he readily affords he 
has Two Mills upon his own Bottom now in Building — & in short the 
Business he carries on there give Life & Spring to the Settlements of 
the Place & will still greatly tend to promote the Interest of the 
Propriety — & give me Leave Sir to add that his whole Conduct is 



I56 CHARTER RECORDS. 

worthy the Notice of the Proprie y & any Favours they may shew him 
I humbly conceive woud be for the Interest of the Town — 
I am Sir Your most Ob* hble S* 

John Dudley 

To John Penhallow Esq r to be communicated to the Comm tee of 
Masons Prop rs — 

Mem the said Joseph Garland has Agreed to give Cap* Duly Eighty 
Dollars for the said Lot & he promised to git it for him 



[Assistance to Fill Town Quota, IT 82.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 112.] 

Memorandum as the Town of Osspee is Called upon for Two men 
as Soldiers to Fill up the States Battlians, for the Present year 1782 
and the Town has Furnished one Man for the Purpose Aforesaid find 
it Impossible in their Present Situation to Furnish the Other man 
Therfore desires that the Masonian Proprietors woud Assist them in 
gitting the Other Man, and it Appears to be Necessary that the man 
Should be procured Immediately, therefore William Whipple Esq r 
and John Penhallow Engages for the Proprietors that they will give 
to the Selectmen of the said Town of Osspee for the Use of the Town 
the hundred Acre Lot N° 1 in Ossepee Road ; provided they Furnish 
the other Soldier Immediately to go on to Jovn the Army — 

Portsm July 12 th 1782. 



[Certain Lots Wanted, 1783.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 112.] 

M r Rewbin Nichason Desires the Favour of the Propretors that 
they Woud Consider him for the Lot of Land sold Richard Jackman 
on which the said Nichason has Got a Framed, House Also a barn 30. 
by 40.. and the Said Jackman Takes into his Inclosir all the Build- 
ings of the said Nichson, and Nichason has paid Taxes in Ossipee, as 
^ rec*, but Since Jackman has had a Deed the Said Nichson has paid 
no Tax — Sanderson Carter has Got upon a Lot of Land and his Name 
upon the Plan, Also Winthrop Smart upon Another Lot has Cleared 
and got under Improvement Near Thirty Acre of Land both the Last 
Persons desire that the Proprietors Would give them Lots for Setling 
upon which they have Improved — Portsm Sep* 3 d 1783 — 



OSSIPEE. jtj 

[Petition of Inhabitants, 1783.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 113.] 

Gentlemen 

We your humble petitioners Who have Setld the hundred acre 
Lots on Conway Rods We Labor under grat dis advantags by Reason 
of the Lots not Being Run out disputes a Rise Concerning the Corse 
of the Side Lines for We Cant enprove ouer Lands after We have 
Cleard them 

We therfor beg your honors to determin What point of Compass 
the Side Lines of Said Lots Should Run and We the Subscribers 
hereby engage to Conform to your determination Sirs your Comply- 
sance Will a Blige your Setlers in osipey gratly 
osipey gore September the 9 1783 

Jacob Brown bingeman Sagel 

Benjamin Sceggel jun John Seggel 

Josiah Poland Samuell Lear 

Jabes Garling 



['Complaint of Inhabitants, 1783.] 

[Masonian Papers, Yol. 7, p. 114.] 

To the onerable Committy the propriters of Mason Patten of 
Ossipee Gore to them Gentelman : we the setlers of the foresaid 
Ossipee unhumble Petions to inform the gentelman that we are dis- 
commoted that we cannot in Joy our lands becaus there is a set of 
Peopel settels for Eaton wich ther Lots run Contray to our Lots we 
should be glad and Desire the favour of the gentelman whether now 
we may bring an acsion agaienst them whether now thay will support 
it so now more for present we remain your humble Servents — 

Barok Ellis 
Manoah Ellis 
Stanton Carter 
John Cooley 
Manoah Ellis Juner 

[Endorsed] This Petition preferred Sept r 18 th 1783. 



158 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Deed, Winthrop Smart to Proprietors, 1784.] 
[Masonian Papers. Vol. 7, p. 115.] 

Know All Men By These Presents, That I Winthorp Smart of 
Ossipee Gore in the County of Strafford Husbandman and in the 
State of New Hampshire For and in Consideration of the Sum of five 
Shillings Lawful Money of said State to me in Hand, paid before the 
Delivery hereof by William Whipple John Penhallow & John Peirce 
all of Portsmouth in the County of Rockingham a Committe of the 
proprietors of Masons Patent — The Receipt whereof I do hereby 
acknowledge, have remised, released, and forever quit claimed, and 
by these Presents, do remise, release, and forever quit claim to them 
the said Whipple Penhallow & Peirce — Heirs and Assigns, all my 
Right, Title, claim or Demand whatsoever in and to any Land in 
Lots number Sixty one, Sixty two, Sixty three, or Seventy one or to 
any other Lot or Lands in said Ossipee Gore as surveyed by James 
Hersey excepting such part of Lot N° Seventy three as 1 hertofore 
purchased of person or persons holding by Deed duely exibited from 
said Committee — 

To Have And To Hold, said quit claimed Premises, with the Appur- 
tenances thereof, to them the said Penhallow Whipple & Peirce their 
Heirs and Assigns I hereby engaging to warrant and defend the said 
quit claimed Premises, against all Claims or Demands of any Person 
or Persons claiming by, from, or under me 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal, this 
19 th Day of April Annoque Domini, 1784 — 

Signed, Sealed, and Winthrop Smart [seal] 

Delivered in Presence of us, 

Prudence Penhallow 

Sam 1 Penhallow 

State of New Hampshire ) 

Rockingham ss \ Portsmouth April the 19 th 1784 

The above-named Winthrop Smart Personally appearing acknowl- 
edged this Instrument to be his free Act and Deed. 

Before me, Sam 1 Penhallow Justice Peace 



[Complaints and Requests, 1784.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 116.] 

M r John Goldsmith Complains that the Lot of Land he has Got 
upon in Ossepe is Very Mean and the Line Runs so that it Takes of 



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159 



one half of the Lot, therefore desires the Favour of the Proprietors 
that they would Consider him, and Give him some more Land for 
Settlement as he has Got a Large Family Consisting of Eleven in 
Number 

Portsm Octob r 20 th 1784— 

Also Cap fc Brown Desires that the proprietors would Impower him 
to Put Setters upon the Five hundred Acre Lots that are not Already 
Disposed off— Portsm Octo r 20 th 1784— 



[Iron Ore Privilege Wanted, 1785.] 

[ Mason ian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 116.] 

Portsmouth Jan? 19 th 1785 
M r Abraham Morrill and Jacob Blazdell of Brentwood Desires the 
Priveledge of the Iron Oar that is in Ossipee Pond for Such a Num- 
ber of Years as the proprietors shall think propper as the Said Mor- 
rill and Blazdell upon Propper Incouragem* by Granting them the 
Priveledge of the Oar will go and Set up Iron Works forBarr Iron 
in that part of the Country for Twenty or Thirty Years — 



[John Peirce to Captain Broivn, 1785.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 117.] 

Portsmouth March 10 th 1785 
Cap 4 Brown 

The bearer M r Samuel Hide has some claim to a Settling 
lot in ossipee part of Number five which Munsey first undertook to 
fulfil and says that he has a family on it and in other Respects has 
complied with the usual terms Required & that no person has any 
claim to it except one Garlands who has felld about one Acre & half 
trees on it which he is ready to pay him for, If these things are all 
true and you will certify it in a Letter under your hand, It's my opin- 
ion the Committee will give him a Deed without further trouble — 

Your Hum 1 Serv 

John Peirce 

We are of opinion and agree that M r Hide or any Person holding 
under him may have the one hundred Acres within mentioned laying 



l6o CHARTER RECORDS. 

in the following manner beging at the southerly corner of N° 12 and 
bounding on s d Lot one hundred Rods and laying one hundred and 
Sixty Rods bounding on Lot N° Six instead of the form & manner in 
which said Lot was to lay by an Agreement with Solomon Munsey as 
specified in said Munseys bond, Provided General Whipple who owns 
the residue of Lot Number five should not object to this alteration 
But if it should not be agreeable to him in that Case M r Hide must 
take it as originally designed by Munsey — Not intending by this writ- 
ing to authorise Samuel Hide to hold this Lot on other or stronger 
terms than he has already a right to by General Whipples Letter to 
John Dudley 

John Penhallow 
John Peirce 

It is also to be understood that the land to be laid out must cover 
the improvements already maid one said Sittling Lot by Munsey 
or any other person under him — and that the Bond given by the 
Committee to Munsey must first be returned before a Deed can be 

given 

John Peirce 

Portsm Aug 4 18 th 1785 This Day give a Deed to Sam 1 Tasket of 
New Durham for One hundred Acres of Land out of Lot N° 5 Cont g 
Five hundred Acres in Ossipee, bounded as Follows begining at the 
Northerly Corner of Lot N° 6 and Running on Said Lot South East- 
erly one hundred and Sixty Rods then Turning at Right Angles and 
Running North Easterly one hundred Rods then Turning at Right 
Angles and Running Northwesterly one hundred and Sixty Rods to 
Lot N° 12 then Turning and Bounding on Said Lot one hundred Rods 
to the Bounds first Mentioned to Contain one hundred Acres and no 
More— 

the Above Deed dd Cap 4 Jacob Brown Aug 1 18 th 1785 



[Col. Henry Rust's Lots> June 17, 1786.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 118.] 

Memorandum of Lots in the Town of Ossipee Cont g 500 Acres 
each which Col Rust was impowered to Settle by instructions from 
the Committee Dated July 1 st 1778 — which has been cont d to this 
time June — 17 th 1786 & now extended for one Year 

500 Acre Lot N° 44— N° 40 N° 39 N° 26 Deed given Isaac Williams 
N° 25 N° 24 Deed given Ric d Beacham N° 7 N° 6 N° 1 N° 20 N° 37 
Deed given Andrew Folsom N° 38 N° 36 N° 30 



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[Elijah Davis's Lot.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 118.] 

Discription of Elijah Davis s Lot in Ossibe begin ing at the N west- 
erly Corner of Lot N° 6 & Riming S W ly on the Divid g line between 
S d N° 6. & N° 11. 160 Rods— thence Turn* at Right Angles and Run* 
S. E ly 100 Rods thence Turn g at Right Angles & Runing 160 Rods to 
the Dividing line between Said N° 6 — & Lot N° 5 then on S cl Line to 
the bounds first Mentiond to Contain One hundred Acres & no more 

[Endorsed] Discription of Elijah Davis's Lott part of N° 6 Deed 
Del d Col Rust this 2 A Nov 1789 



[Division of Ungranted Land, 1796.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, June 6, 1796, and Masonian 
Papers, Vol. 7, p. 121.] 

State of New ) Portsmouth June 6 th 1796 monday three of the 
Hampshire j Clock afternoon The Proprietors meet according to 
adjournment — 

Your Committee having examined the Plans of the Several Surveys 
of y e ungranted lands in mason's Patent, within the Winter Curve 
line as run by Fletcher do report a tract of Seven Thousand acres 
allotted into hundred Acre Lots which lye's as we Suppose chiefly 
within the Township of Ossipee, but will more fully appear by the 
plan returned by James Hersey in 1781 — also another tract about ten 
thousand Acres lying at the head of Ossipee, bounded easterly Effing- 
ham, Northerly by said Curve, westerly the aforesaid Seven thousand 
Acres, and Southerly by the Pond, which is also allotted into one 
hundred Acre Lots — also one thousand four hundred fifty nine Acres 
unappropriated in Kiarsarge Gore, and an indifinite Quantity on 
Crotched Mountains in Frances Town, Supposed four or five hundred 
Acres — also a Small Gore between Lyndborough and Corner of 
Peter sborough, say one hundred and fifty Acres — these Several Quan- 
tities comprehend the whole, which your Committee has been able to 
Ascertain as free from incumbrance or intervening Grants — June 6 th 
1796— 

John Peirce Nath 1 A. Haven Jn° Sam. Sherburne 

11 



l62 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Voted that all the land included in the above Report Surveyed and 
laid out into one hundred Acre lots by James Hersey in Ossipee, con- 
taining about Seven thousand Acres and that adjoining Effingham, 
containing about two thousand Acres be divided into fourteen equal 
parts or Shares, by assorting and joining all the Said one hundred 
Acre lots into fourteen shares as nearly equal as the nature of the 
Case will admitt of, to be drawn for when the Proprietors by a future 
Vote may order — 

Voted that John Peirce and Nathaniel A. Haven be a Com'ittee 
To assort and join the one hundred Acre lots into fourteen equal 
Shares, as mentioned in the foregoing report, in order for drawing the 
Same to y e Rights of the Proprietors, at the next meeting of the Pro- 
prietors — M r John Penhallow Protests against the next preceeding 
Vote 

The meeting was adjourned to monday next, the 13 th Instant nine 
of the Clock before noon, to be held at this place 

A true Record attest: Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 

State of New ) Portsmouth June 13 th 1796 monday nine of the 
Hampshire ) Clock beforenoon, the Proprietors meet according to 
adjournment — 

Whereas it is found that the above lotts cannot be assorted into 
fourteen equal Shares without uniting with one Share, the Gore men- 
tioned above, in a preceeding vote, as lying between Peterborough, 
and Lyndeborough — Therefore Voted that the aforesaid Gore be 
included in one of the Shares and that the Committee unite the Same 
with the other lots — 

Voted that the Proprietors do now proceed to divide and Sever all 
the one hundred Acre lots as laid out by James Hersy by his Survey 
and plan in the year 1781 as Sorted and classed by their Committee 
John Peirce and Nathaniel A. Haven and John Sam 1 Sherburne, 
called the first divission bounded, as followeth, viz* The hundred Acre 
lots laid out by James Hersey in the year 1781 — are bounded South 
easterly by the 500 Acre lots in Ossipee and Ossipee pond, South 
westerly by Tuftonborough, north westerly, on part of Tarn worth, 
and north Easterly, on a tract of land laid out into hundred Acre 
lots, and to be drawn for this day — Said Survey contain's one hun- 
dred and Seventeen lots, besides Gores, numbered from 1 to 117 as 
will more fully appear, reference being had to Said Plan, and when 
drawn and recorded shall be A compleat Severance and division of the 
Same and Shall be abided by and taken as a full Share, and whether 
the lots be better or worse as a final division of the tract aforesaid- 
and whereas the shares could not be made equal without the addition 



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163 



of two lots ; therefore the Gore between Lyndsborough and Peters 
borough as classed by said Committee be included in the above Divi 
sion, and now drawn for, and one lot of 100 acres Number 28 in the 
8 th Range in the 2 d division of Hersey's Survey to be drawn for this 
day — 

The Draft of the Shares and Lots in the first Division of Shares- 
viz* 



N° of 
Shares 


To whom drawn 


N° of Lots drawn to each Right 


N° 1 


Joshua Peirce 


N° 8, 92, 21, 52, 31, 112. 


2 


John Moffatt 


80, 91, 27, 67 in two lots 32, 109. 


3 


Thomas Wallingford . 


14, 28, 70, 68, 101, Gore between 
Lyndsborough & Peterborough 


4 


George Jaffrey . 


J 5> 37, 7 r > 69, in in 6 th & 28 in 8 th 
Range in the other Division to be 
drawn this day — 


5 


Thomas Packer . 


19, 79, 40, 66, 81, no — 


6 


Richard Wibird . 


22, 78, 44, 65, 82, 107 — 


7 


John Rindge 


23, 74, 45, 64, 87, 108— 


8 


D Peirce & Moore 


24, 60, 53, 63, 88, 115— 


9 


Thomlinson & Mason . 


25> 57, 55, 5*, 89, 114— 


10 


Jotham Odiorne . 


34, 56, 58, 46, 93, 106— 


11 


Theodore Atkinson 


38, 54/59^ 33, 97, "3— 


12 


Blanchard Meserve & Co 


41, 43, 75, 13, 98, 105— 


13 


M : Us Wentworth 


76, 10, 99, 26, 42, and two Gores or 
parts of lotts 74 acres & 24 Acres, 
bounding on Ossipee 500 Acre lotts 


14 


Solley & March . 


90, 20, 77, 9, 100, 94 — 



Voted that the Proprietors do now proceed to draw. Sever, and 
divide all that tract of land surveyed by James Hersey as by his plan 
returned, as the Lotts are joined and classed by the Committee 
appointed for that purpose— bounded as followeth viz* bounded north- 
erly by a line run by Robert Fletcher, Southeasterly by Effingham, 
Southerly by Ossipee pond and bays, westerly by the first division of 
hundred Acre lots this day drawn ; this Second division lying on both 
Sides of the Conway Road so called, as will more fully appear by the 
plan of the Survey made by said Hersey, reference thereto being had 
-and when drawn for and recorded Shall be a compleat Severance of 
all Said tract of Land and shall be taken, as drawn, to each Proprie- 
tors Right, better or worse, as a full Share, in this Second division, as 
joined and classed by Said Committee 

The Draft of the Second Division 



164 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



N° of 
Shares 



Proprietors to whom drawn Numbers of Lots drawn to each Right- 



No 1 Solley & March 

Theodore Atkinson . 
Thomlinson & Mason 
4 Dan 1 Peirce & Mary Moore 
Thomas Packer 
Mark. H. Wentworth 
Blanchard Meserve & C° . 
John Moffatt . 

Joshua Peirce . 

John Rindge 

George Jaffrey . 

Jotham Odiorne 

13 Richard Wibird 



N° 200 & N° 19 in 2 d Range N° 2 in 7 th N° 
36 in 9 th N° 74 in 11 th N° 99 in 12 th & 
N° 1 1 2 in 1 3 ^ Range — 
N° 42 in 9 th Range — 

N° 59 in 3 d Range N° 3 in 7th No 37 in 9th 



No 43 in 9 th N° 73 in 11 th N° 
N° in in 13th Range — 



00 m 12 th 



N° 60 in 3 d N° 4 in 7 th N° 38 in 9 th N° 44 in 
9 th N° 72 in nth N° 101 in I2 th n° 137 & 
part of N° 136 in 14 th Range — 

N° 197 in 4 th Range N° 5 in 7 th N° 39 in 9 th 
No 45 in 9 th N° 71 in 11 th N° 102 in 12th 
and No 138 in 14 th Range — 

N° 198 in 4 th N° 6 in 7 th N° 40 in 9 th N° 63 
in 10 th N° 75 in 15 th N° 116 & N° 117 in 
13 th N° 139 in 14th — 

N° 61 in 4th Range N° 7 in 7 th N° 41 in 9 th 
N° 64 in 10 th N° 70 in 11 th N° 115 in 13th 
N° 141 in 14 th — 

N° 102 in 5th Range N° 8 in 7th N° 30 in 8 th 
N° 65 in 10 th N° 107 in 12 th N° 114 in 
13 th N° 142 in 14 th — 

N° 103 in 5 th Range N° 9 in 7 th N° 31 in 8 th 
N° 66 in ioth N° 106 in 12 th N° 169 and 
part of Lot N° 170 in 17 th Range N° 146 
& No 147 in 15 th 

N° 104 in 5 th N° 10 and part of N° 11 in 7th 
No 32 in 8 th N° 67 in 10 th No 105 in 12 th 
N° 145 in 1-5 th part of N° 101 in 5th and 
part N° 114 in 6 th Range — 

N° 107 in 6th Range N° 25 and part N° 24 in 
8th ^o 33 in 8 th N° 79 & 80 in 1 ith N° 144 
in 15 th N° 140 in 14 th Range & N° 104 in 
the 12 th Range — 

N° in in 6 th N° 26 in 8 th drawn in first 
draft of lots N° 34 in 8 th N° 78 in nth 
N° 103 in 12 th N° 143 in 15th part of N° 
58 in 3 d & part N° 62 in 4 th Range 

No 112 in 6th n° 27 in 8 th N° 35 in 8 th N° 
yj in nth N° 108 in 13* N° 113 in 13th 
& two Gores on Effingham line being 59 
acres in 3 d Range & 58 acres in 4th 

N° 113 in 6th Range 69 and a small gore on 
the pond in io th N° 76 in 1 I th N° 109 in 
13th N° 167 & part of N° 166 in 1 6 th part 
N° 46 in 9th & part N° 62 in io th Range 



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165 



N° of 
Shares 


Proprietors to whom drawn 


Numbers of Lots drawn to each Right — 


N°i4 


Thomas Wallingford 


N« 1 in 7 th Range N° 29 in 8 th N° 68 in 10 th 
N° 98 and part of N° 97 in 12 th N° no 
in 13 th N° 168 & small Gore adjoining 
the I st Division in 16 th 2 small Gores on 
the Pond one in the 12 th and the other in 
the 14 th Range 



Daniel Rindge and John Penhallow Esqu rs desire their Protests 
may be entered against the Votes passed at this meeting, and the 
drawing of the Lotts of land in Severance of the land, in consequence 
of the Votes referred to— 



[Petition of Broivn and Fogg, 1800.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 119.] 

Gentlemen Proprietors of the Town of Ossipee — 

We the Subscribers in behalf of the Town of Ossipee Humbly 
shew, that the Town have never been favour'd with any Lands for 
the use of Building a Meeting-House Settleing a Minister or for the 
encouragement of Schools in the Town of Ossipee — 

Therefore we humbly petition the Proprietors of said Town to 
grant us some of your undivided Lands in said Town for the sole pur- 
pose of building a Meetinghouse — Namely one Tract called the Gore 
also four of five one hundred Acre Lots on Conway Road of all which 
we suppose you know nearly the true value — And as we have labourd 
under great disadvantages in not having a House for publick Worship 
and holding Town meetings We at this period wish to build a Decent 
House in said Town for publick Services and pray you Gentlemen to 
assist us in our proceedings and think it will advantageous to the 
Proprietors and Inhabitants — for which we your humble Petitioners 
ever pray 

Ossipee 25 th March 1800 Jacob Brown 

Joseph Fogg 



1 66 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Answer to Foregoing Petition, 1801.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 120.] 

State of New ) At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands pur- 
Hampshire ] chased of John Tufton Mason Esqu r in New-Hamp- 
shire ; held at Portsmouth, on the Second day of February 1801 — 

Upon Considering the Petition of Jacob Brown & Joseph Fogg, 
praying for a grant of Certain unappropriated Lands in Ossipee for 
the purpose of aiding the Inhabitants of Said Town towards building 
a Meeting house Voted That John Penhallow Esqu r John Peirce 
Esqu r And N. A. Haven be a Committee in behalf of this Propriety 
to Convey all the Right and Title of this Propriety of in & to four 
Lots of One hundred Acres Each, lying On Conway Road, and a 
Certain Gore of unappropriated Land in Said Ossipee to the Petioners 
and others for the use of the Inhabitants, the Avails of which to be 
Appropriated Solely to the purpose of building a Meeting house, and 
that Said Committee take suficient Security that the Avails thereof 
Shall be So Applied And that a Return of their Doings be Made to 
this Propriety — 

a true Copy of Record — 

Attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI— 

Pursuant to the Authority vested in us by the within vote, we the 
Subscribers on the 20 th Feb 7 1801 conveyed by Deed to Jacob Brown, 
& Joseph Fogg, four Lots of Land of one hundred Acres each lying 
in Ossipee on Conway Road, & also a Gore of Land in said Town, & 
that we have taken a Bond from Jacob Brown that the Proceeds shall 
be applied as directed in the Vote of the Proprietors — which Bond 
we now hand in to the Clerk of the Propriety — 

Ports Jan y 1 1806— John Peirce 

Nath 1 A. Haven 



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[Plan of Northwest Corner, 1806.] 



167 




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#13 



*{»%!* umoj >vf> tiUM D i"~WAT W ^ " r ^ ^ 



[Information from Surveyor Cook, 1820.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 122.] 

Portsm 16 June 1820 
Information from M r Cook surveyor 

Gore 33| Sold by Jacob Brown as part of 500 Acre Lot to Ichabod 
Hodgdon of Ossipee — about 9 ys Since 



1 68 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Gore 113i has been Many Years in possession of Silas White (now 
in Dover jail) Who says he has been in possession more than Twenty 
years, which is doubted — he has a Log House and his family lives 
there— He has two Sons living in One house Near this Land, but not 
on it 




n° 10- mr-A n/.- 
&0 , e , l3 *, north Hr/wrhlJ 

Tut ioUtktdS^ 



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'/ 



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^ J Correct Plan ,ch, ci inhnf 
ri Let numbered ten and /w» 
&•„,« m th, stand Division, 
of Lob in iAtTonn c/0>u/u 



i*d 



and Quantity cf each GceO-nd 
LoZ aiceitaind iy A ca'cfu/ 
Admeasurement 

£. Cock fu 

Wa-h/uU l tk June mo 



[Lots Taxed and Sold, 1810-20.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 123.] 

The following Lots of Land were Taxed in the Town of Ossipee 
for the Year 1810 in the upper Division for the first time 
f 124 ) 

• Nos < 147 > righ of John Ringe 

( 155 ) 

Also in right of M H Went worth 

(126) 
Nos \ 144 S 
(154) 
The above Lots of Land were sold by Eliphalet Sias Collector of 
the Town of Ossipee for 1810 to the following Persons and were not 
redeem'd 

Lot N° 155 — 71 Acres to Eliphalet Sias 
Do — Do 147 — 94 Do to Sandborn Blake 



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Do — Do 144 — 100 Do to Chase Wiggin 
Do — Do 126 — 100 Do to Jonathan Dodge 
Do — Do 154 — 44 Do to Joseph Nay 
Do — Do 124 — 85 Do to Samuel Sias 

Lot N° 124 Tax'd for 1819, sold Feb? 8 th 1820—93 Acres to Went- 
worth Lord 

N° 155 Tax'd for 1819, not sold 

N° 126 Claim'd by Samuel Quarles— 



[Lots Taxed and Sold, 1813-19.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 125.] 

Lands in Ossipee 

N° 124 in the upper Division in Said Town Claim'd by Wentworth 
Lord 

Sold in 1816 to John Ayrs, not redeem'd 

Sold in 1817 to John C Young not redeem'd 

N° 147 was not Tax'd in nonresident List in 1819 — Claim'd by M r 
Nay or William Goldsmith — 

N° 155 was not Tax'd in 1819 in the nonresident List — Suppos'd to 
have been sold for Taxes — and Tax in the resident List — 

N° 126 has been Sold sundry times for Taxes Present Claimant Col 
Samuel Quarles 

N° 154 was not Tax'd in 1819 — Claimant unknown — 

N° 144— Taxed in 1819— advertised— but not Sold 

Lot N° 147 Tax'd in 1813, sold for non payment of Taxes for the 
same year to John Brown 

Sold in 1814, to Joseph Fogg, and not redeem'd 



{John Kenniston' 's Letter.'] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 124.] 

. S qr penhollow Sir I wold inform your Sir as you are one of the 
eommitee of osepe gore togather with Mr Landon did agree with me 
and my son samuel kenison to give us two Hundred akers of Land out 
of the Lot number 15 and the Lot number 27 privided we cleared 
ten akers of Land on Eich Lot buld a house and have a famaly on 



I70 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Eich Lot to wich I have cleared and planted 3 akers Last spring on 
the Lot number 15 and I allso have cleard ten or 12 akers that is 
well feted and reddy to soo to riy this foil and I shall buld a hous 
and move a famuly on the Lot this foil and shall clear doubel the 
land before the agreament is out and my son has fell and bornt some 
of his trees but not all — and I am informed that your honnors are 
about take it from us before our agrement is out and if you due I shall 
think very hard of your honnors as I have done all the labour and 
more then the agrement was this from your humbel Servent and well 
wisher 

John kenison 



[ Conditions for Kenniston Lots.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 126.] 

2 Lotts in Ossipee N° 27 & 15 

they are to have one hundred Acres out off each for settling agreing 
now which corner to take — 

they are to fell 10 Acres on each Lot this Season and to clear the 
same next Season & build a House and afterwards clear &c in pro- 
portion as others 

Southeast Corner of Lot N° 27 the Son Sam 11 Kenniston — and the 
Southwest Corner of Lot N°15 y e Father John Kenniston are pitched 
upon 



[Miscellaneous Notes.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 127.] 

Charles Danilson of Barringtown Gore out this 4 tn Day of April 
1775, to make Return of a Lot in Fourteen Days from Date. 

Winthrop Frost, & John Hicks, Desires that they may have the 
Two Lots Viz* N° 12 for Frost and N° 4 for Hicks. " If they are not 
pitched upon by Burnum, Crochit Clerk & Munsev, who are to Return 
the 15 th of this Instant April.— April 6 th 1775 

If Danilson Above mentiond Does not pitch upon Lot N° 17 then 
m r Tho s Triggs to have. If he does then M r Triggs to have Southerlv 
Corner N° 18— 

Bond givn 

the Lot N° 16 Engaged to Cornelius Denmore 

Lots N° 1 — 30 — 37— Disposed of by his Excellency — 



3x:te>p0 i.,r>i,,of 



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Lot N° 8. Cornelius Dinmore and Bond Given 

ditto N° 9. Rich* Glover— Bond Given 

ditto N° 6. the Easterly Corner of said Lot Samuel Hardy of 
Stratham he not being of Age the Committee Agree to Reserve said 
Lot Until the 15 th June Next 

Lot N° 5. Solomon Munsey — Bond Given 

ditto N° 4. Joseph Bickford — Bond Given 

ditto N° 13 — Solomon Crochit — Bond Given 

ditto N° 12. Ebenezar Burnum — Bond Given 

ditto N° 3— Robert Hardy— Bond ditto 

ditto N° 2. Nath 11 Frost— Bond ditto- 
ditto N° 10. N° 11. N° 14— N° 15 Mill Priveledge 

ditto N° 17. Thomas Triggs— Bond Given 

ditto N° 41. Sam 1 Mallows — Bond given 

ditto N° 45. Samuel Mallows Bond given. 

ditto N° 18. Archibald Camel Bond Given 

ditto N° 16. Joseph Pitman Bond Given 

ditto N° 23 John Wadley Bond Given 

ditto N° 6 — Isaac Goldsmith on Conway Rode Bond Given 

[Endorsed] Sundry Persons Names that have given Bonds for Set- 
ling Lots 

Job Ranulls Will a Laskey Zach r duff Gone out to Look upon the 
four Lots for a Mill Priveledge in order to Undertake to Build the 
mills If they Can Agree with the Proprietors April 20 th 1775 — 

James Ahern of Chester has the Promise of 50 Acres of Land in 
the Township of Newbradford by Dan 1 Rogers Esq r and J Penhallow 

Samuel Mallows of Wolfborough has the promise of one hundred 
acres of Land out of the Great Lot N° 41. Also one hundred Acres of 
Land Adjoying Ossipee Bridge 

The Numbers of the Proprietors 500 Acre Lots in the Town of 
Ossipee 

g m b 

John Rindge & C° N° 21 „ 19 „ 7 

Meserve Blanchard & C° N° 42 „ 35 „ 44 

George Jaffery Esq r N° 8 „ 36 „ 6 one hundred acres 

of Lot N° 8, given to Cornelius Dinmore & Bond Taken for 

Complyance therewith 

Back Corner of N° 8 not the Front 
Jotham Odiorne Esq r N 4 „ 32 „ 29 

John Moffatt Esq r N° 5 „ 31 „ 43 

Tho s Wallingsford Esq r N 12 „ 36 „ 14 

Richard Wibird Esq r 17 „ 28 „ 33 



172 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



23 „ 25 „ 10 
22 „ 26 „ 18 
16 „ 40 „ 11 

3 „ 39 „ 14 
34 „ 9„45 
9 Richard Glover- 

24 „ 2 „ 20 
30„37„ 1 



Bond given- 



Solley & March 

Thomlinson & Mason 

Joshua Peirce 

Peirce & Moore 

Theodore Atkinson 

One hundred Acres of Lot N' 

Mark H Wentworth Esq r 

Thomas Packer Esq 1 

Disposed of by his Excellency 

John Wentworth 41 „ 27 „ 15 

Copy of the division of the 500 Acre Lots in the Township, laid 
out by James Hersey 1774, between Leavetts Town and Ossipee 
Pond Exclusive of the Lots laid out on the Conway Road by Eben- 
ezer Thompson Esq r 1772 — 

M r Jonathan Hoit of Poplin desires the Offer of a Stript of Land 1 
Mill wide 2 Miles Long Between New Salisbury and New Aimsbury 
& upon Boscawen, & Runs up to Kiasorge Mountain Contains 1280 
Acres 



[Plan of a Lot 1831.] 



..vy 



"ft. «* 



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PELHAM. 



173 



Mark Peirce Esqr 

I have agreeable to your Derections employe! Joseph Drake as Sur- 
vayer and Surveyed Lot N° 106 as by the plan and found the Con- 
tents of the whole Lot to be 145 acres 65 Rods & found the old Line 
between yours & M r Mills Land on said Lot the Contents on your 
part 73 acrs 136 Rod. also Mills part to be 71 acrs 89 rods Shewn the 
Road near the Corner on Watsons Lot and also about 10 acrs of 
Mowing on the lower Lot also went round the Chellis Lot and made 
the Lines and Corners Certain 

the reason that we have not attended to the Survey befor this be- 
cause of Bad weather 

Peter Downs by 
Joseph Drake 

Survayers bill $2.50 

Effingham April 15 th 1831 



PELHAM. 

[Constituted from parts of Old Dunstable and Dracut, Mass., and incorporated 
July 5, 1746. Named in honor of Thomas Pelham Holies, Duke of Newcastle. 
The charter was confirmed by the Masonian Proprietors April 27, 1774. The 
town was divided into two parishes Jan. 4, 1787, but the act was repealed in 
1792. The town was taken from Rockingham County and annexed to Hillsbor- 
ough Dec. 10, 1824. A gore of land between Pelham and Windham was annexed 
to Pelham June 29, 1830. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; papers 
under title Dunstable, IX, Bouton Town Papers, 652; XIII, Hammond Town 
Papers, 142; Index to Laws, 424; sketch, by A. Berry, Hurd's History of Hills- 
borough County, 1885, p. 631 ; Instances of Longevity, 1 799-1 824, by Dr. 
Church, 2, Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 36; Life of William M. Rich- 
ardson, 1839; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 237.] 



[Petition of Pelham Men, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 128.] 

Pelham March y e 7 th 1774— 
To The Honourable Proprietors of the Patentee Land, which is 

known by the Name of Masons Grant &c Greeting — 

The Petition of us the Subscribers, being the Inhabitants of the 

Town of Pelham, Humbly Sheweth, that Whereas there are Cer- 



i74 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



tain Parcels of Land within the Limits of this Town Laying in Dis- 
pute, Unsettled, and no Proper owner to be found, and some Partic- 
ular men, Pretend to own S d Land; but have no Warrantable Claim, 
Security, or Title thereof as we apprehend although by their Pre- 
tended Title, they have Ventured to fence some of it & Taken almost 
all the Timber off without any molestation, Excepting those Pretended 
owners to Each other — 

Therefore we Pray if it be Consistent with your minds, that you 
would Grant us a title of S d Parcels of Land or any Part there- 
of for a Towns use and Benefit, So that we may Dispose of the 
Same as we think Proper, Untill a Better owner appears for the 
Same — &c — 

and So in Duty Bound we Shall Ever Pray — 



Daniel Barker 
Jacob Butler Jun r 
Joshua Atwood 
Ebenezer Palmer- 
John Mussey 
Barnabas Gibson 
John Wyman 
Nathan Butler 
Daniel Gage 
Uriah Abbot 
Nehemiah Butler 
John Marsh Jun r 
Asa Richardson 
Joel WRight 
Simon Beard 
Richard Hall 
Jesse Wilson 
Silas Coburn 
John Willson 
David gage 
Richard Barker 
Daniel Coburn 
Daniel gage Junr 
Cyrus Hardy 
Nath 11 Currier 
Moses Eatton 



Selectmen 

of 
Pelham 

Josiah Gage Jun r 
Caleb Sawyer 
James Gibson 
David Butler 
Daniel Tinney 
Eri Richardson 
Joshua Hamblet 
Jacob Butler 
James Richardson 
James Gage 
Nathan Whiting 
Josiah Gage 
Jonathan Gage 
Jonathan Girffin 
Josiah Johnson 
Josiah gutterson 
Joseph Richardson 
Eliphalet Knight 
james Heath 
Joseph Bayley 
Ebenezer Webster 
Thomas Hardy Jun 
Pars Gage 
Timothy Clark 



Amos Gage 
Robert Nevens Ju 
Aaron wyman 
Caleb Butler 
Thomas Johnson 
Amos Gage Ju r 
Joseph Wright 
John Marsh 
Samuel Butler 
Philip Hardy 
Benjamin Gage 
William Wyman 
Nathan ael gage 
Ezra Ross marsh 
Daniel Hutchinson 
Jonathan Kimball 
Jacob Kemp 
Asa Hardy 
Timothy Clark Jun r 
William webber 
Ebenezer Richardson 
William Varnum 
Abijah Richerson 
Isaac Barker 
Ebenezer Barker 
Asse Gage 



PELHAM. I75 

\_Quitclaim to Pelham, 1774.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, April 27, 1774.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth April 27 th 1774 Wednesday five of 
New Hampsh r \ the Clock afternoon The Proprietors meet according 
to adjournment — 

Whereas the Inhabitants of the Town of Pelham, in the County of 
Rockingham in y e Province of New Hampshire, have applyed to said 
Proprietors, by Amos Gage, Moses Eaton and Jacob Butler, a Com- 
mittee appointed by Said Town of Pelham, for a Conveyance of the 
Right of Said Proprietors, to the Said Town of Pelham and Said Pro- 
prietors being desirous and willing to quiet and confirm to the Pro- 
prietors of Pelham, in their Several Rights and Properties in Said 
Town of Pelham — Therefore — 

Voted that there be and hereby is released and quit-claimed all the 
Right Title and Interest of the Said Proprietors and Purchasers of 
the Right of John Tufton Mason Esq r aforesaid, of, in, and to the 
tract of Land, contained within the following bounds, viz* beginning at 
the boundary Pitch pine tree made by m r Mitchell, and running on 
the north boundary line of the Massachusetts, untill it come's within 
two miles and eighty Rods of Merrimack river, then north twenty 
degrees east to Londonderry, then by Londonderry east South east 
five miles, and one hundred and forty rods ; then South to Methuen 
line, and to meet the curve line, called Mitchell's line ; and then by 
the Said Curve line, to the Pitch pine tree where it began. Which 
tract of land is called Pelham, before mentioned — which is released 
and quit-Claimed to the Proprietors of Said Pelham, according to 
their Several Rights and Properties, within Said boundaries. To 
have and to hold to them and their Heirs and Assigns for ever, in the 
Same Manner, as though, the Said tract of land, had not been within 
the lands purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r aforesaid. — 



[Votes of the Town, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 129.] 

at a Town Meeting March 29 d 1774— 

James Gibson moderater Voated as followeth Viz 

firstly Voated Deacon Amos Gage Barnabas Gibson & moses Eat- 
ton : for a Committee to Take the aCoumpt of the unsettled Lands 
In Said Town — 

2 ly Voated Deacon Amos Gage and Moses Eatton a Committee to 



176 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Go to the Honorable Lord Proprietors to gat a Grant of the above 
Said Lands — 

Test — Josiah Gage Jun r Town Clerk 

att a Town meeting April the 21 d 1774 — 

Voated as followeth (Viz) 

l ly Choose m r Moses Eatton moderator to Govern Said meeting — 

2 ly Choose Dacon Amos Gage moses Eatton Jacob Butler a Com- 
mittee to a gree with the Honorable the Lord Proprietors of masons 
Grant for a Conveyance of all the Land within Township of Pelham — 

and Likewise to Empowr them the Said Committee to agree with 
the Honorable Proprietors before mentioned and to Take a Deed of 
Said Land in the Towns Behalf and to Give Security in the Towns 
name for the Same 

Josiah Gage Jun r Town Clerk 



[Report of Town Committee, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 130.] 

In Obedience to y e Vote of the Town of Pelham apointing us y e 
Subscribers a committee to take an account of the unimproven Land 
Lying in y e Town of Pelham, the Number of Acres in Each lote as 
near as we can acording to Origenal records, & the mens names to 
whome the are reputed to belong, Residing in y e Massechusitts Gov- 
ernment & find them standing in y e following order (viz) 

1 st A Lote Belonging to Ce p Benjamin Brown Containing 124 
Acres — 

2 ly 2 Lots Belonging to y e widow Sarah Martain heirs Containing 
200 Acres— 

3 ly 4 Lotes Belonging to Philip Demerick Containing 225 Acres — 
4 thly A Lote Belonging to Ebenz r Engails Containning 24 Acres — 
5 th ly a Lote Belonging to William Coburn Containning 45 Acres — 
6 ly A Lote Belonging M 1 ' Minat Containning 24 Acres — 
7 th ly A Part of a Lote on y e westerdly side of y e Town not know- 
ing y e owner s d Part we sepose Containing 30 Acres — 

8 tb ly the one half of a Lot Belonging to Co 1 John Tying y e other 
half sold to Pelham Inhabitants in Common & undevided, and still 
remains so the one half first mentioned Contains 400 Acres 

also the ministra Lot Containing 300 Acres Laid out by Dracutt 
Pelham March Amos Gage ) 

the 31 Anno Barnabas Gibson > Committee 

Domini 1774 Moses Eatton \ 



PELHAM. 177 

[Description of Lots.~\ 

[Masonian Papers. Vol. 7, pp. 131, 132.] 

B Thomas Wyman 

Midesex March the 25—1721 A lott of land laid out to Thomas 
Wyman of Dracket in the Reserv'd Land in the Said Dracket in the 
County of Midelsex in Newengland Contaning 100 and 50 Acers 
being more or less the Seventh loot in Order Southward of 
gouldins pond Bounded Northerdly with A line of Marked trees 
letterd with W numberd with Seven Chops and heaps of Rooks in 
the line the Northeast Corner is a Rook with Stones on it Bounded 
Easterdly one the est side of Draket Bounded Suderdly by a line of 
marked trees letterd with W and S B westerd by the land Will" 1 
Coughburn by Marked trees And heaps of Stones N B Also Another 
loot of Land laid out to Said Wyman in the above said Reserv'd land 
the third Northward of Collicuts and gouldins farm Containing 100 
and 80 Acers being more or less Bounded Suderly with a line of 
Marked trees Letterd with W Numberd with three Choops westerdly 
on Dunstable Line Northerd by a line of Marked trees with W and 
S B Bounded Esterdly by a Track of Land laid out to make the Gun- 
pus loots Equel to the Other Loots N B Allso with another loot laycl 
out to the Above Said Wyman the Seventh part of a tracked of Land 
laid out one the west of Gouldins Brook to make the Gumpus Loots 
Equel with Other loots the Second loot in Order being it More or Less 
Numberd with two Choops bounded Esterdly one the Meddow of 
Con 11 Brown and Gouldings Bounded Sutherdly by A Line of Marked 
trees Letterd W Crossing the said Track of Land Westerdly, North- 
erdly by a line of Marked trees Letterd W N B Also Another 
Loot lying Northerdly of Bever brook Containing 30 Acars be it 
more or Less Bounded Sutherdly on the Said Wymans Medows that 
lyeth on Beaver Brook westerdly by A line of Marked trees Letterd 
P W N B Also the 12 th Lott upon Gouldins is laid out to Said 
Thomas Wyman Twelve Acers be it more or less as it is Bounding 
Sutherdly upon the Elevnth Lott westerdly upon Gouldings Medows 
Northerdly by a line of Marked trees Esterdly by a line of Marked 
trees the North West Corner A pine tree Layd out And Recorded by 
us with Sum healp in the Layin out by Nattanel Foox 

Wittness Joseph Vurnum ) n , , 

T t T7 i? 1 1 ™ • ( Cometees to 

Joseph Vurnum Ezeckel (Jnivers > c . , w , 

t^ i i ™ • t 1? i \ feaid Worke 

Ezeckel Chivers James .bales ) 

M r Hugh Tallent of Pelham desires a Purchase of a number of 
Lotts in Pelham original Dracut & old Dunstable 
12 



178 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[The copy of this on p. 132 of the manuscript volume has the fol- 
lowing note added :] 

Moses Eaton & Josiah Gage June 22 a appearing requested that the 
Proprietors would make an Alteration of their Quit Claim to the 
Prop 1 " 8 of Pelham — and make a Quit Claim to the Inhabitants of 
Pelham 



PEMBROKE. 

[Granted by Massachusetts Aug. 6, 1728, to Capt. John Lovewell's men, and 
known as Suncook and LovewelVs-town. Incorporated as the parish of Pembroke 
Nov. 1, 1759, an d named probably in honor of the Earl of Pembroke. The town 
was divided into two parishes Dec. 17, 1763. The boundary line was extended to 
the bank of Suncook River Dec. 24, 1798, to settle a dispute between Pembroke 
and Allenstown. All that part of Bow on the east side of Merrimack River was 
annexed to Pembroke and Concord Dec. 13, 1804. 

See Massachusetts charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
657; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 153; Index to Laws, 424; sketch, by J. N. 
McClintock, Hurd 1 s History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 560; History, by 
N. F. Carter, 1895, 2 vols.; Brief History of First Congregational Church, by 
Isaac Willey, 1876, pp. 48 ; discourse, 40th anniversary of ministry, by Rev. Abra- 
ham Burnham, 1848, pp. 20; Pembroke Academy, 11, Granite Monthly, 397; 
Proceedings of 60th Anniversary of Pembroke Academy, in catalogue of 1879.] 



{Petitions for Land in Several Towns, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 133.] 

Portsmouth November y e 2 d 1748 — 
To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of Cap* John Tufton 
Mason's Right to Land in the Province of New Hampshire 

Whereas I the Subscriber with others the proprietors and Purchas- 
ers of a tract of land granted by y e Massachusetts Government by y e 
name of Suncook lying within y e Province of New Hampshire & not 
granted by y e Governour & Council of New Hampshire & Apprehend- 
ing the said Tract of Land is within your Purchase of Cap* Jn° Tufton 
Mason — This is therefore to Petition your favour that whereas many 
of y e claimers of Suncook have made considerable Improvements in 
said Suncook, I pray you would not grant or dispose of y e Same till 
three weeks from y e date hereof in order for a further Application to 
you from S d prop rs & purchasers upon the Premisses at which time 
shall not fail thereof 

Aaron Whittemore 



PEMBROKE, 



79 



Portsmouth November y e 2 d 1748 

To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of Cap* John Tufton 
Mason's Right to Lands in the Province of New Hampshire — 

I the Subscriber having heretofore purchased seven Rights or 
Shares of y e Proprietors of a Township called Gorham's Town granted 
by y e Massachusetts Government which is now in the Province of 
New Hampshire and as I presume the Right of y e land in Said Town- 
ship is in you and as I have made considerable Improvements thereon 
and as you are about making a grant of Said tract of land I pray your 
favour that you will Consider and Suffer me to be a grantee for Seven 
shares in Said Gorham's Town upon Such Terms as you shall grant 
to others, in said Tract ; & for compliance with y e Terms I will give 
Such Bonds or Obligations as you will desire, to perform y e same, or 
if you do not think fit to grant to me upon the said Conditions or 
otherwise as shall Seem to you meet — your favour herein will oblige 
y 1 Hum Serv* — 

Nathan Simonds 

Portsm November 2 d 1748— 

To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of Cap 1 John Tufton 
Mason's Right to Lands in the Province of New Hampshire — 

I the Subscriber having a Deed of a Right in y e Town of Souhegan 
East, except y e Home Lot, bearing date October 10 th 1748 — from 
Sam 11 Renkin, which if you please to Confirm you will oblige y r Hum : 
Servt 

John mac Curdey 

N B this Right Said Renkin has a Deed from W m Patterson bear- 
ing y e same date with his to M c curdy neither of y e Deeds upon 
Record — 

Portsm Nov r 2 d 1748— 

To the Gent™ Proprietors & Purchasers of Cap* John Tufton 
Mason's Right to Lands in the Province of New Hampshire — 

Whereas we the Subscribers in our Own behalfe and James Moore 
David Dickey & Alex r M c coliom having Encouragement from y e Gov- 
ernour to make improvement upon waste Lands within said Province 
whereupon we went upon the tract of land called Gorham's Town 
about six years ago and have fenced & improved between forty & 
fifty Acres of land, and as it lies within y e Plan that Cap* Goffe has 
taken by your order or in Archibald Stark's Plan made by the Same 
order, we desire your Consideration and favour when you determine 
upon y e disposal of y e land we have so improved you would let 



l8o CHARTER RECORDS. 

Portsmouth Nov 1 3 d 1748— 
To the Gentlemen Proprietors & Purchasers of Cap fc John Tufton 
Mason of Lands in the Province of New Hampshire — 

I y e Subscriber desire y e favour of you to grant me fifty Acres of 
land Scituate on Merrimack River about a mile & half above y e Dwel- 
ling house of Archibald Stark and will oblige Gent m 

Your most Hum : serv 1 

William Eayrs 
N B : in y e abovesaid 50 Acres there is not more than 6 or 7 Acres 
manureable Land & y e remainder of y e s d 50 Acres broken land — 

Portsmouth Nov r 3 d 1748— 
To the Gent m Proprietors & Purchasers of Cap 1 John Tufton 
Mason his Right in Lands in New Hampshire — 

I the Subscriber having improved about five Acres of land upon a 
home Lot in New Boston so called which was intended to fullfil y e 
Terms of Settlement of a Right in said Township laid out to Cap* 
John Ervin of Boston on which five Acres is a house in which I dwelt 
for four years till y e War with y e Indians — This is to pray your 
favour that when you dispose of y e Said land you would Consider and 
preserve to me y e Said land & y e Improvement I have made upon y e 
Terms you dispose of to others & you will oblige y r humble Petitioner 

his 

Hugh B Blair 

mark 

Ports th Nov r y e 3 d 1748. 

To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of Cap* John Tufton's 
Masons right to land in the Province of New Hampshire — 

Whereas James macCaley late of Hilsbourough was the first Person 
that Setled in Said town and Remain'd there till the war with the 
french & Indians Brok out and then was oblig'd to leave his place and 
Come away with his wife & familey & have Ever Since been in un- 
settled State &c and Some time aggo he had leave of his Excelency 
upon the afores d Considerations to take up a peace of land upon the 
northerly Side of Sowhagen East upon Common land not then in any 
town and accordingly Gott m r Paton of Said place to lay out one 
Hundred acres but by reason of warr was prevented from makeing a 
Settlement &c Wherefore the Said James prays that he may have the 
Said peace of land, or be admitted to have a right in the township 
where S d land lyes upon the terms you Dispose of to others and in So 
doing you will oblige Gentlemen your most Humble & obedient 
Servants John macmurphy in 

Behalf of the afores d 
James macCaley 



PEMBROKE 



181 



[Plan of Pembroke and Boiv, 1748.] 

A Plan of SunCook & Bow Rece d Feb* 1 st 1748 

SunCook Plan is taken down from a Plan that is a Coppy from the 
origanal and in that thare is an alouance of one Chain in thirty for 
suag of Chaine and uneven Land and alouance of seven Hundred Acors 
for Ponds and Rivers Laid Down By me 

Joseph Baker Survayor 



MOgfo 



7df 




[Petition of Samuel Grault, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 134.] 

Province of New Hampsh 1- — 

To the Proprietors of the Right of Land in Said Province purchased 
of Cap* Mason 

Humbly Shews Samuel Gault in behalf of himself & Andrew Otter- 
son & James Otterson & W in Knox That it is now about thirteen 



l82 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Years Since they Settled upon a Tract of Land under the right of 
Suncoke lying on the Eastward Side of Merrimack River in the whole 
not Exceeding three hundred & twenty Acres & have made Consider- 
able Improvements there — That Lately the Proprietors of Chester 
have Sued Your Petitioners & have Extended their bounds much as 
your Petit ors Conceive to Comprehend the said Settlements within the 
Township of Chester But as they have run the Lines even giving 
Large Measure the Seven Miles from the head of Exeter Bounds 
mentiond in the Charter of Chester falls Short of the old Markd Line 
which runs West word to the river afores d fifty Eight rods, whereby 
they leave a Strip of Land of that width all the way to the river. 
That the Said Suit is now Depending & if they the Pla tts prevail they 
will take away your Petitioners Improvements afores d & all y e build- 
ings and so gain the whole Substance of your Petitioners which they 
think hard of because the Proprietors of Chester knew of their Set- 
tling there never Claim'd the Land but on y e Contrary Some of them 
have often Said they did not think they were within Said Township — 

Wherefore the Said Samuel for himself & Companions afores d 
Prays that you would be pleased to Grant to them So much out of 
the Said Strip of Land as is Equal to that they have in possession that 
they may have wherewith to purchase their peace with Said Proprie- 
tors or to Remove to in case they are ejected & may not be Ruind 

March 15 th 1748 Samuel Gaut 



[Petition of Joseph Milliken, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 135.] 

To the Honb le Proprietors of y e lands Purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esqu r in y e Prov of New Hampshire — Humbly shew's — That 
I the Subscriber an Inhabitant of Bradford purchased about Sixty 
Acres of land held under a Grant of y e Mass a by y e name of Suncook 
(so called) upon which Lot one w m martin (y e last winter built a 
house upon) and Said Lot lay's in y e Gore of land Adjacent to 
Allen's Town so called, and as I have purchased y e said Lot and 
some Small improvement has been made thereon by my order, of 
Sowing and Planting, I pray in your laying out said lot you would 
Consider me, in preference to any other purchaser or grantee espec- 
ialy as I have been at Expence of Taxes to y e Propriety of suncook 
and you will ever oblige Gentlemen your 

Most Hum serv* 

Portsm June 15 th 1752 Joseph Mulicken 



PEMBROKE. 183 

[Bond of Mary James, 1758.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 136.] 

Know all Men By these Presents That I Mary James of Exeter in 
the Province of New Hampshire Widow am holden and stand firmly 
Bound & Obliged unto Thomas Packer of Portsmouth in the Prov- 
ince aforesaid Esq r in the full & just Sum of five hundred Pounds 
Lawful Money to be paid to the Said Thomas Packer his Executors 
Admin rs & assigns to the which payment well & truly to be made I 
bind my Self my Heirs Execut" and Admin 18 firmly by these Presents 
Sealed with my Seal Dated the 17 Ul Day of April Anno Domini 
1758— 

The Condition of the above Obligation is Such Whereas by 
Certain Articles of Agreement Dated the 16 th Day of May 1750 
made between the abovenamed Thomas Packer of the One Part 
& Daniel Marston Andrew McCleary Samuel Blake and others 
Relating to the Granting & Settling a Certain Large Tract of Land 
Containing One thousand Acres Situate & Bounded as in Said 
Articles which Tract of Land is Divided into Lots & Conveyed by 
Deeds to the Several Parties therein Named among whom is Kinsly 
Hall James the Son of the above Bounden Mary James who being a 
Minor & not able to Perform the Conditions of Said Grant and as it 
was Agreed by the Said Mary & she Ingaged to Perform Said Con- 
ditions for One Lot there instead of her Said Son & to give the 
said Thomas Packer Seasonable Security for her So doing In Consid- 
eration that the Said Thomas woud & Shoud Convey the Said Lot 
to her So as that She might have the Property & Right thereof So 
far as he is Authorized to do the Same, which he by Deed Dated the 
14 th Day of Jan ry 1755 has Done viz Lot N° Seven 

If therefore the Said Mary her Heirs Executors Admin rs or Assigns 
shall well and truly Perform all the matters & things mentiond in 
Said Articles to be done by the Grantees as the Condition of Said 
Grant So far as belongs to and is the duty part & proportion of the 
Owner of One of Said Lots according to the true Intent & meaning 
of Said Articles which by Reference to Said Articles (one Part of 
which is in the hands of the Said Thomas) may more Particularly 
Appear Then the above Obligation is to be Void & of None Effect or 
Else is to Remain in full force & Virtue 

The words Hall James were Interlin'd in the Condition before 
Signing & Sealing 

Signed Sealed & De- Mary James [seal] 

livered In presence of us 

James Kielle 

Noah Emery 



184 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province of ) Portsm June 13 tb 1758. Then Mary James above 
New Hampsh r J named Acknowledged the above Instrument to be 

her act & Deed 

Before me D Peirce Jus Pac 



[Joseph Connor s Statement, 1761.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 137.] 

Exetor Febuary y e 16 1761 
To The Gentlemen Now oners of Masons Right Please to Look 
into 3'our Grant That you made of the Gore of Land Now Called 
Buck Street And you will See what we ware to Doe for The Land 
I think you will See my Draft for my Lot Gentlmen I attended the 
afair untill the hole Was Perfected after a while Epsom Line was 
Pun And Cut of the bigest Part of my Lot I aplied to Esquire 
Pierce who Said my Lot Should be made up in a nother Place but 
not Soon Dun I was Dis Curaged and Sold my Chance to Cap* Israel 
Gilnian and Desire you to Let him have What Would be my just 
Due if I had not Sold it to him in dimpling here with you will a 



Blige Your humble Servant 



Joseph Conner 



[Israel Grilmari's Letter of Transmittal, 1761.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 137.] 

Newmarket febu y e 17 1761 
Gentelmeen 

I here in close to you by my sun Joseph Connars Pettion to 
you makeing no doute but you will grant it your troubbul would 
have bin saved if m r parce had livad a littal Longger he toold mee 
that Indan Gimey must have Joseph Conars lot my answar was his 
undar minding mee was soo mene that I Could not bare it all thoug 
their was but peart of a lot I had Pether keep it his answar was I 
will Give you a hundrad acrs in anither place I told him what land 
was laft was only pitch pine land than he said I Should have ye tim- 
bar on Connors lot besides y e hundrad acrs Gontel men this is the 
last Convursation I Ever had with Esq r pearce I lave it with you to 
due as you would be dun by — and asigene my Self your Humbul 
sarv* 

Israel Gilman 



PETERBOROUGH. 185 

PS it has bin Suggasted that Connor did not due his peart I 
have from under the hands of Saveral of the Grantes that he Did his 
full Peat but have mislaid it I think sum of you Gentel meen have 
sene y e same 

I G 



PETERBOROUGH. 

[Formerly known as Sonhegan. Granted by Massachusetts Jan. 16, 1737-8, to 
Samuel Hayward and others. Incorporated as Peterborough Jan. 17, 1760, and 
named probably in honor of the Earl of Peterborough. The charter was renewed 
Jan. 8, 1762. A small portion of the southeast corner was annexed to Temple 
Jan. 29, 1789. A part of this town was included in the limits of Greenfield incor- 
porated June 15, 1 79 1. An act was passed July 5, 1867, by which Sharon was to 
be annexed to Peterborough whenever a majority of voters in both towns should 
adopt the provisions of the act, but this has not yet been done. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 665; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 174; Index to Laws, 
427; Ecclesiastical History, 1, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 55; 
Topographical and Historical Account, by Elijah Dunbar, id., p. 129; Centennial 
Address, by. John H. Morrison, 1839, PP- 99 i Centennial, New Hampshire Book, 
1841, p. 122; History, by Albert Smith, 1876, pp. 375; sketch, Hurd's History 
of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 650; Proceedings at Sesqui-Centennial Celebra- 
tion, 1889, pub. 1890, pp. 131 ; numerous historical articles and documents in the 
files of the Peterborough Transcript \ Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cum- 
mings, 1836, p. 17; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 240; Life of Jeremiah 
Smith, by John H. Morrison, 1845; Town Library of Peterborough, by J. F. 
Brennan,i893, pp. 28; Petition for Defence, 1750, 6, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 
367; Recollections of, by J. Wilson, Jr., New Hampshire Book, 1844, p. 109.] 



{Petition of Bill and Fowle, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 138.] 

Portsmouth Jan y 26* : 1748 
To the Prop rs Purchassers of the Grant made To Cap tn John Mason 
Merch* in London, by the Council of Plimoth Lying in the Province 
of New Hamshire in New England Gentle 11 

the Town of Peterbourugh which Now wee suppose falls within 
said Clame was Granted by the Massechusets's Goverment to A 
number of setlers : Jer y Gridly Esq r John Vassel Esq 1 ' Maj r John 
Fowles & John Hill purchas d of s d Grantees for & p d a Valewable 
Consideration for said Township and have since bin at Great Charg 



l86 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& Exspenc in bringing forward said setlement by Laying oute the 
Horn lots Budding A Meeting House & Bridges, Contracting for a 
saw mill & Griss Mill & Budding nigh 40 Dwelling Houses & Bring- 
ing forward the setlements ; that at the time of Braking oute of the 
warr there was there 30 famelys setled in s d Township able to rase 
provitions to support Each Famely which wee are ready to return 
there again ; wee pray that wee may setle under your Clame and 
Meet with suth Incurgement as you in Youre Great wisdom shall see 
meet wee in Behalf of oure Bretheren are Gent lm Your Most Obedient 

Humble servents 

John Hill 
John Fowle 



[Quit Claim to Peterborough, 1748. j 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Jan. 26, 1748.] 

Upon Reading and Considering the Petition of John Hill & John 
Fowle Esqu rs to have a grant of the Said Proprietors of their Right in 
that Tract of land called and known by the name of Peterborough 
made to them and Jeremiah Gridley Esqu r and the Heirs of John 
Vassell Esqu r deceased for the Reasons Set forth in y e Said Petition on 
file- 

Voted That for the Said Reasons first reserving to the Said Pro- 
prietors their Heirs & Assigns the Quantity of thirty four hundred 
Acres of the Said Tract of land to be laid out as the Said Petitioners 
and others interested as aforesaid shall think most convenient for pro- 
moting the Said Settlement (but not to be Subject to any Charge or 
Tax untill improved by the Said Proprietors or those who hold under 
them or any of them) they have and hereby do grant (on the Terms 
and Conditions hereafter mentioned) all their Right Title Estate In- 
terest & property of in and unto the Said Tract of land and Quit their 
Claim unto the said John Hill John Fowle Jeremiah Gridley & the 
Heirs of the Said John Vassell their Heirs & Assigns in equal shares 
that is to Say the share of the said Heirs of the said John Vassell 
being equal to the one of the other shares of the said Grantees, they the 
said Grantees making a Plan of the whole Township & of the Lots therein, 
and how the said Reserved lands are laid out and Returning the Same to 
the said Proprietors Provided that in Case Either of the Said Grantees of 
the Said Shares Shall neglect to perform and pay a proportionable part 
of all the Duty & Charge of making the Settlement there, such Delin- 
quent Grantee Shall forfeit his Right & share in Said Lands to the 



PETERBOROUGH. 



187 



owners or owner of the other shares who shall perform & pay y e 
same — 

Provided also that the said Grantees Settle forty Families on said 
Tract of land within four years from this time & each Family have 
fifteen Acres of land cleared & fitted for mowing or Tillage have a 
Meeting house biult there & preaching in the Same Constantly Sup- 
ported thence forward but in Case of an Indian War within the said 
Term the same Time to be allowed after that Impediment shall be 
removed — 

Provided also that all Trees fit for his Majesty's use for masting the 
Royal Navy be kept preserved & Spared from waste & Destruction 
which are hereby Reserved for & Granted to the Use of his majesty 
his Heirs & Successors for the Use aforesaid — 



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1 88 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Jeremiah Gridleys Letter, 1753.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 139.] 



Boston Feb : 14, 1753 

S r I have rec d your favour & am extreamly Oblidged to You And 
the Gent of the prop ty Your design is Generous, and will Engage me 
to the Utmost of my Abilities to Serve you — 

The expression of the Prop ty in their votes Allow me to Say is 
Something Wanting in Matter of form ; if 'tis designed as the Vote 
upon Which You Are to execute a Deed I Should Rather it had bin 
a grant for Advice to them had, and to be had, and for five Shillings 
Rec d of me, of so much of their Lands on the north or East of Peters- 
borough so Called as You Should think fitt to me And my heirs and 
that you were Authorized to Execute A Deed Accordingly — not 
that I Imagine, the Gent 11 Intended Otherwise, but Formality In 
titles is always best — This Shall not hinder me in the mean time 
from Proceeding on the State of your Case my mind has been upon 
it Constantly, in the Course of my Reading & out of it Since I have 
Conversed with the Gent n upon it — Judge Lynde lately Spoke to 
me for a Charter for Salem Town to be executed by You ; I Beleive 
I was not Useless in past Conversation with him upon the Goodness, 
of Your title — I am Y 1S &c 

Jere. Gridley 

My Compl ts to the Gen* 

To Joseph Blanchard 

Dunstable Feb r 24 th 1753— 

S r The Above letter I rec d Yesterday & not knowing how Soon I 
might have Opertunity, to Send, Wou'd be Ready — You See the 
Contents, M r Gridleys proposal of the Amendment of the vote for 
his Grant, As You Purpose to Divide as fast as You Can the Whole 
of the Royal Society lands Which Undoubtedly is best to be done, 
this Spring, the necessity of M r Gridleys being first Lay'd off, 
Therefore if the Propriety see good to make any Alteration the 
Sooner the Better. I give you the Earlyest Notice I can for that 
Reason 

M r Fletcher has Compleated the Five Hundred Acre Farmes 
on Contoocook River And a Plan Ready to Return for Your Drawing 
I dout not but Judiciously & faithfully his men he hired would be glad 
of their pay, doubtless, And he to know if you Intend him to finish 
the Division And As you may be Glad of many Enquirys being 
Answered by him, before You proceed Further, I propose his Coming 



PETERBOROUGH, 



189 



Down with the plan of What is done & In case I can know of your 
meeting which Shall be Glad it may be as Soon as You Can Send 
word (that he may know) he has Faithfully Divided as to Quallifi- 
cation Marking & Runing the lines You may expect — he has like- 
wise Lay'd out the Grant made to me Joyning to Peterborough 
line th6 I might had better land I Chose not to break on y e next 
Division, I have nothing to Ad but the tender of my best Service 
to the Prop ty , My Comple ts to You And Assure You that I am 
Your very Humble Ser* at Com 'and 



Daniel Peirce Esq 



J B Ian chard 



[Complaints of Inhabitants, 1758.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 140.] 

To their Hon rs Lord Proprietors In Portsmouth & Elsewhere 

The Petition of the Inhabitents & settlers of Petersborough ; 
Humbly Sheweth. That being obliged to address y r Hon rs hitherto, 
Shewing our desire to make Application to you for ratifying some 
mistakes & fears from our Proprietors with respect to the fatigue, we 
have had in settling here, least a part of our Labours Should be lost ; 
& our Title to a small Inheritance or settlem* frustrated. Further 
the obligation they required of us upon reception of the Deeds they 
have given ; occasions our suspicion of their Treatment to us so much 
the more as may be seen under their hands. 

And as to our Encouragment at the beginning we were to have 
Sixty Settlers Twenty four of which was to have, one hundred & fifty 
acres, fifty of a Home Lott & one hundred out, & the rest one hun- 
dred, lying together and a min rs Lot, a school Lott, & a Personage, 
& they also to pay to the first Settled Min r Two hundred Pounds ^ 
annum, for four years. 

Now with the Premisses, be further Inform'd, that notwithstand- 
ing, we Several times address'd our Grantees for Deeds, we never 
could obtain them, & when we did, that is, some that took them, 
were not Satisfy'd with them because of their lameness & insuffi- 
ciency, as we suppos'd. 

Further being Inform'd by a Copy of their Grant, that they had 
not perform'd their Conditions themselves, we scrupled them so much 
the more ; Especially when so much is Conveyed away, as fourteen 
hundred Acres Quantity & Quality to be drawn in Equal draughts 
to one mon, & no mention where it lyes, that we know not, but it 



190 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



may be Some of ours ; that we have toil'd very much for. Not to be 
Tedious to yo r Hon rs we leave these & all our other Grievances not 
mention'd to be by our Committee Elected for that Purpose to yo r 
Hon rs serious Consideration and yo r Petitioners as bound in duty 
shall ever Pray. 

Dated at Petersborough Novemb r the 14th 1758 & subscrib'd by 



Capt n Hugh Wilson ^ 

Lieut Thomas Morison 
Thomas Cuningham } 

Gustavus swan 
Ensign Jonathan Morison J 



Comittee 



Jo 11 Harvey 
Will™ Smith 
William mitche 
william Scott 
Hugh Gregg 
James Robbe 
Jeams stinson 
William Robbe Juner 
John Swan Juner 
James mitchell 
James Rogers 
John Taggart 



Thomas Davison 
Will m Smith 
Isaac mitchel 
William mCay 
Joseph Caldwell 
Samuel Stinson 
Joshua Todd 
Halbord morison 
John morison 
John Leech 
Joseph Hogg 
Jean m c Cay 



John Grean 
Margaret stuart 
John sooat 
John morison 
William nee 
Thomas Turner 
Will™ Walles 
Abigail swan 
samull mills 
will m Richy 
moor Stinson 
John Fargusson 
Neal Ham ill 
James Templeton 
William speer 
John Smith 



\_Masonian Proprietors to G-rantees, 1758.] 

Portsm Dec r 28 1758 
Gentlemen 

I am Directed by the Proprietors of mason's right to Acquaint 
you that they have had Sundry Visits & Petitions from the Settlers 
in Petersbourrow Setting forth that they think themselves hardly 
Dealt by in not having from you Such Assurences of their Land as 
they Expected when they Entred thereon & that they cannot obtain 
Deeds at this Day th6 they have done the Duty required if this is 
realy the Case 'tis to be feard it will greatly retard the Settlement — 
We would also now Inform you that the Tenure of your Grant is 
not only a Number of Familys Should be Settled & remain there — 
& Preaching the Gospell &c a but that we Should have a Plan of the 
Town & Survey of the Lotts reserved by us Lodged in our Clerks 
office nothing of which is as yet come to our View We therefore 
most Earnestly Desire that you would come to Some Terms that 



PETERBOROUGH. Ipl 

may" be Equitable & Satisfy the Settlers & Let us have a Plan with 
the reservations for s d Proprietors that We may make Improvements 
& y e Settlement of y e Township go on without the Difficulty which 
now Seems to be in the way & we do Expect that the reservations 
made for said Prop rs be made for us in haveing respect to Quantity 
& Quallity of y e land & not be laid out on Mountains &c a & we must 
insist upon your doing these things without any further delay which 
will Prevent our takeing the Steps in the Premises 

by order and in behalf of Said Prop rs I am Gen* 

y r most Hum. serv* 

G J Prop rs CI 

To Coll Jn° Hill Maj r Fowle & c Grantees of Peterborough 



[Letter about Delinquents, 1759.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 142.] 

Soughegen Oct r y e 30 th 1759 
May* please your Hon rs we take this opertunity to Inform you that 
the Proprietors and Inhabitants of Souhegen very Chearfully in the 
General pay their Arears and settle the Patent yet there are several 
Gentlemen are vastly in the arears that we very much suspect (by 
Certain hints) determin to wait upon y r Hon rs for a Grant of their 
Land and so defraud the Proprietors of their delinquant money — We 
shall therefore look upon ourselves heighly favoured if your Hon rs 
would if any such motion should be Made by any person before Leu* 
Peabody and M r Mitchel Wait upon your Hon rs be so good before 
you give them a Grant of their Land as to demand a Certificate of the 
standing Com tee of Souhegon and indeed we doubt not but your Hon rs 
upon receiving these lines will enquire into the Cause if occasion 
serves — 

And so with the greatest Submission we subscribe our selves your 
very humble Servants 

Moses Barron ) p t 

Solomon Hutchinson 



192 



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This is a plat of Peterborough Town-and the Lots Marked Mason 
& Numbered from one to 34 Inclusive are lade out by the Grantees of 
Said Town of Peterborough Agreeable to the Grantors the proprietors 

Lin tWrtv foCre b Sed / f /° hn T ^° n MaS °" Es ^ the ^ ^sTou- 
tain thirty foure hundred acres— they are lade out where the said 

saidto^t bvT* C -T ian ? f °" prom0tein g thltnle m ent "f 
wSl Appeal " Sa Pr °P rletora Q uit Clame to the Grantees 

these priet lines and the Numbered lots Shews So much of Said 

andTh rod the Tn T*^ ^ ^ °" the ****** of Said Town 

damrn^e to tbl C, tnuc 1 h 17 farther to the East whi ^ was a Great 
dammage to the Setlers and Exspence as well as Dammage to the 

StfrfibS aS ° n n ° W Bknchard Sh0 ' d take of So much 
or tne .best ot the lown wee Cannot tell 

JonnV^r? ^ P rese ^ te f to the Proprietors of Land purchased of 

Sghiy'YouT 011 ^ ^ ^ ° f the GrantGeS ° f Said Peterb01 - 



Boston May 22-1765 



Humble ser* 

John Hill pro r Clark 



PETERBOROUGH. 



193 



[Reserved Lots, 1774.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Aug. 10, 1774.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth August 10 th 1774. Wednesday four 

New Hampsh 1 ' ) of the Clock afternoon, at the dwelling house of 
James Stoodly Esq 1 Innholder the Proprietors meet according to ad- 
journment — 

Whereas the Proprietors granted a Quit Claim to Sundry persons, 
of a tract of land or Township called Peterborough, and reserved 
thirty four hundred Acres of land in Said Township, to Said Proprie- 
tors the Grantors, to be laid out, as should be convenient to the 
Grantees & c who were to return to Said Proprietors, a Plan of Said 
Township, with the reserved Lots for Said Proprietors, who have re- 
turned a Plan of the Said Town, with the aforesaid Thirty four hun- 
dred Acre lots delineated and numbered therein — 

Thefore Voted that the Said thirty four hundred Acre Lots be 
coupled and drawn for at this meeting — and that the Same as drawn 
and entered to each Proprietor, Shall be a Severance of his right to 
the Same to him his Heirs and assigns — 

The Lots were drawn for and entered to each Proprietor as follow's 
viz 1 



1 st To Law Lot N° 1 . 

2 d To Jotham Odiorn's Right 

3 d To Mark Hunk g Wentworth 

4 th To Josh a Peirce Esq r Right 

5 To George Jaffrey Esq r . 

6 To Jn° Wentworth Esq rs Right 

7 To Thomlinson & Mason 

8 To Law Lot N° 2 . 

9 To Tho s Walingford Esq r 

10 To John Rindge . 

11 To Jn° Moffatt Esq r 

12 To Sollv & March . 

13 To Peirce & Moore 

14 To Blanchard Meserve & C° 

15 To Theodore Atkinson Esq r 

16 To Tho s Packer Esq rs Right 

17 To Rich d Wibird Esq r . 

13 



Lotts 

N° 27 & 28 
N° 7& 8 
21 & 22 
11 & 12 
25&26 
13 &14 

9&10 

3 & 4 
33 &34 
31 &32 
23 &24 
17 &18 
29 & 30 

5& 6 
19 &20 

1 & 2 
15 & 16 



!94 CHARTER RECORDS. 



PLYMOUTH. 



[Granted July 15, 1763, to Joseph Blanchard and others, and sometimes called 
New Plymouth. Portions of Plymouth and Cockermouth were combined and in- 
corporated as Hebron June 15, 1792. A tract of land formerly severed by a bound- 
ary line committee was restored to Plymouth, June 21, 1793. The "Everett 
Farmland " Withey Lot," owned by Nathaniel Peabody, were annexed at the 
same time. A portion of Hebron was annexed June 26, 1845, anc * a portion of 
Campton, June 27, i860. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
685 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 222 ; Index to Laws, 437 ; sketch, Child's 
Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 377; Organization of Church, 28, N. E. 
Hist. Gen. Register, 88; discourse, centennial of Congregational Church, by H. 
A. Hazen, 1865, pp. 38; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 571 ; History of 
the Coos Country, by Grant Powers, 1841, p. 168; Note, 13, Mass. Historical 
Society Collections, 109; Biography of John Fenton, by C. R. Corning, 1, Pro- 
ceedings of Grafton and Coos Bar Association, p. 9 (153) ; Life and Writings of 
N. P. Rogers, 1847 5 In the Heart of the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, 
p. 209; Central New Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 54; History of Hollis, 
by S. T. Worcester, p. 126.] 



{Petition of Robert Boyes, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 143.] 

Province of ) To the Gentilmen purchers of Cap fc John Tuff- 

new Hampshire j ton measons Patten 

The Humble petition of Robert Boyes in behalf of himself and 
assoceits most Hombly sheweth 

That your petitionr being Incoraged by several of your sossceity 
that ther might be a township granted by you to a nomber of good 
protestins which would go in to the woods and make a settelment and 
further being Incoraged by your sossceity at ther mitting the twelft th 
of this Instant and desired to leve in writting what I had to aske of 
said sossceity so that you might Consider of the affair 

may it therfor please you Ho nrs to grant me in the Capacity as afore- 
said the following tract of Land (I being the first that have asked for 
it) viz that tract of Land Laying to the westtrly sid of the river 
pimissewaset and Joying on said river taking in the mouth of Bakers 
river so Called, and so Extending north and south and westrly till is 
make up the Contents of six mills squar — under such Conditions and 
Limetations as you in your Great wisdoms shal think meet, and there 
shal be returned into your office the name of said assacity, when you 
desier it, and your petitioner as in dutty bound shal Ever pray deatted 
this thirteen day of feberuary 1752 Robert Boyes 



PORTSMOUTH. 



195 



[Petition of Moses Little, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 144.] 

Province of New ) To the Honorable the Gentlemen, Propri- 
Hampshire \ etors of the Right of John Tufton Mason Esq r , 

in the Province aforesaid. — 

The Petition of Moses Little of Newbury Port in behalf of the Pro- 
prietors and Inhabitants of the Townships of Campton & Plimouth in 
the Province aforesaid — Shews — 

That they the said Inhab ts are setled on the said Tract of Land 
under Patents issued by the Governor and Council of the said Prov- 
ince, and in pursuance of the Terms stipulated in the said Grants 
have long since Enter'd, & with great Expense of Time, Labour and 
Charge have Improved & Cultivated the said Lands, built Mills, cut 
Roads &c — but have been informed that by the late running of the 
Line between the King's Land & Mason's Propriety so called, the line 
of Division interferes with and has taken off some part of the said 
Grants so as to include the same within the limits of the said Pro- 
priety — if so — the Inhab ts afores d Pray the favour of the Proprietors 
of Mason's Right that they would be pleased to confirm their Title 
under the Province, as has been generously done to other Grantees in 
like circumstances — and You'l greatly Oblige Your Petitioner's Con- 
stituents who will ever retain a grateful sense of the same. 

Moses Little 
In behalf of the said Towns 

Portsm March 20 th 1770 



PORTSMOUTH. 

[This territory was granted for a township by the Council of Plymouth in 1631, 
and was called Piscataqua and Strawberry Bank. Submitted to the Massachusetts 
government in 1641. Incorporated by Massachusetts as Portsmouth, May 28, 1653. 
Newcastle was set oif and incorporated May 30, 1693. Greenland was set off par- 
tially in 1704, and completely in 172 1. A part of Newington was annexed June 29, 
1 82 1. A city charter was granted July 6, 1849. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 688; XIII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 236 ; Index to Laws, 440 ; Farmer's Belknap's History 
of New Hampshire, chapters 1 and 2, et seg. ; Annals of Portsmouth, by 
Nathaniel Adams, 1825; republished with annotations by George E. Hodg- 
don, in files of Portsmouth Journal, 1887-9; Rambles about Portsmouth, by 
Charles W. Brewster, first series 1859, second edition, 1873; second series, by 
same author, 1869; Portsmouth Records, i645-'56, A Transcript of the First 
Thirty-Five Pages of the Earliest Town Book, with Notes, by Frank W. Hackett, 
privately printed, 1886 ; Centennial History of the U.S. Navy Yard at Portsmouth, 



I96 CHARTER RECORDS. 

by Walter E. H. Fentress, 1876, pp. 84; History of the U. S. Navy Yard, Ports- 
mouth, by George Henry Preble, 1892, pp. 219; Life of John Mason, by C. W. 
Tuttle and J. W. Dean, 1887 ; sketch, by James De Normandie, Hurd's History of 
Rockingham County, 1882, p. 41 ; The Isles of Shoals, An Historical Sketch, by 
John Scribner Jenness, 1873, second edition, 1875 5 New Castle, Historic and 
Picturesque, by John Albee, 1885 ; Memoir of Jeremiah Mason, by R. M. Mason, 
1873 5 Memoir of W. H. Y. Hackett, by F. W. Hackett, 1879; Memoir of N. A. 
Haven, by George Ticknor, 1827; An Old Town by the Sea, by T. B. Aldrich, 
1893; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 19; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 117; 1, Granite Monthly, 119; Methodism in Ports- 
mouth, by T. L. Tullock, 6, Granite Monthly, 209, 229, 314, 347 ; History of the 
Catholic Church in the United States, by John G. Shea, 1890, vol. 3, p. 108; 
Batchelder's History of the Eastern Diocese, P. E. Church, 1876, p. 133; Uni- 
versalism in N. H., by Lemuel Willis, 1, Granite Monthly, 312 ; Centennial Cele- 
bration of Universalism in Portsmouth, 1873, PP- 108; Universalism in America, 
by Richard Eddy, 1886, p. 394; sermon, at dedication of new church for south 
parish, by Nathan Parker, 1826; dedication sermon in North Meeting-House, 
1855, by L. Whiting, 1856, pp. 24; discourse, 200th anniversary of North 
Church, by G. M. Adams, 1871 ; Account of the Several Religious Societies, 
etc., by T. Alden, Jr., 1808; same, 10, Mass. Historical Society Collections, 
37 ; St. John's Church, by H. E. Hovey, Perry's History of American P. E. 
Church, vol. 1, p. 577; Historical Sketch of Portsmouth Baptist Sunday School 
Convention, by B. R. Jewell, 1880, pp. 16; Wealth, Industry, and Resources of 
Portsmouth, lecture, by A. P. Peabody, 1844; discourse, dedication of Univer- 
salist Meeting House, by Thomas Jones, 1808, pp. 19; Queen's Chapel, now St. 
John's Church, 25, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 245 ; Discourse, Occasioned by the 
Late Desolating Fire, by Joseph Buckminister, 1803; Valedictory Discourse, by 
T. Alden, Jr., 1805, pp. 16; Discourse Delivered in St. John's Church, on Occa- 
sion of the Opening of the New Church, by James Morse, 1808, pp. 24; Dis- 
course Delivered in the Chapel of Aims-House, at opening, 1834, by Charles Bur- 
roughs, 1835, pp. 108; Farewell Sermon, by J. W. Putnam, 1835, pp. 40; 
Historical Sketch of the North Church, discourse, by Edwin Holt, 1838, pp. 30; 
Sermon at Closing of Sunday School Room in Court Street, by A. P. Peabody, 
1857, pp. 24; Century Sermon, in South Church, by T. Alden, Jr., 1801, pp. 
47 [5] ; Sermons Connected with Reopening of Church of South Parish, by A. P. 
Peabody, 1859, pp. 112 ; address, 70th anniversary of South Parish Sunday School, 
by A. P. Peabody, 1888, pp. 27 ; Portsmouth Jubilee, Reception of Sons of Ports- 
mouth Resident Abroad, July 4, 1853, pub. 1853 ; address, centennial of St. John's 
Lodge, by C. W. Moore, 1836, pp. 80; address, 150th anniversary of St. John's 
Lodge, 1886, pp. 22; The New Hampshire Gazette, by F. W. Miller, 26, N. E. 
Hist. Gen. Register, 132; same, pamphlet, 1872, pp. 18; Agreement of Inhabi- 
tants upon Piscataqua River for Government, 1642, 1, Collections of N. H. His- 
torical Society, 322; Witchcraft, 1656, 1, id., 255; Attempt to Establish a Play 
House, 1762, 5, id., 247; 200th Anniversary of Settlement of N. H., 1823, 6, 
id., 245 ; Bills of Mortality, 1801-3, 9, Mass. Historical Society Collections, 236; 
Communication on Supposed Massacre by Indians at Fox Point, by C. W. Tuttle, 
17, Proceedings of Mass. Historical Society, 105 ; Copy of a Printed Letter Sent 
by the Committee of Correspondence of the Town to All Ye Towns, 1774, 22, id., 
481 ; Journey to Portsmouth, 1754, by H. Flynt, 16, id., 5 ; Early Papers, 1669- 
'76, by F. W. Hackett, 38, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 58; Early Settlers, by J. 



PORTSMOUTH, 



I 9 7 



Wentworth, 9, id., 179; Inscriptions in Portsmouth Burying-Ground, by J. R. 
Rollins, 10, id., 51 ; Record of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1706-42, by J. W. 
Pierce, id., vol. 23, p. 269, to vol. 27, p. 8 ; Record of Deaths, 1740-71, by J. C. 
Odiorne, 15, id., 172; Vessels of War Built at Portsmouth, 1690-1868, by G. H. 
Preble, 22, id., 393; First Settlement of N. H., 2, Farmer and Moore's Histori- 
cal Collections, 51, 123; Point of Graves Cemetery, 3, Maine Hist, and Gen. 
Record, 44; The Langdon Mansion, by F. M. Colby, 3, Granite Monthly, 76; 
Presidential Appointments at, by T. L. Tullock, 6, id., 107 ; The Sir John Went- 
worth Mansion, by F. M. Colby, 3, id., 215 ; The Warner Home, by same, 7, id., 
168; The Jaffrey Mansion, by. same, 7, id., 153.] 



{Petition of Portsmouth Men, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 145.] 

Province of i To the Hon We Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 ' & other 
New Hampshire \ Purchasers and Proprietors of Masons Right 
within Said Province 

The Petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants of Portsmouth and 
other places Desire a Grant of a Tract of Land in Said Province for 
a Township at Winnepissioky pond to be laid out in Such manner as 
to you shall Seem meet on Such Terms & under Such limitations as 
you Shall think will be best for promoting a Settlement there and 
your Petitioners shall pray & 

Portsm Nov r 18 th 1748" 



John Wentworth 
Marmaduke Browne 

Joseph Hanson 

James Basford 
John Nelson 
Job Hussy 
Samuel Toby 
H : Wentworth 
Nath 11 Jones 
John phillips 



George Mitchell 
Geo : Grainger 



Arthur Browne 
S a Wentworth 

his 

Jeremiah Wheelwright Richard x Hussy 

mark 

David Horney 



Nathaniel Randall 
Joshua Winslo Ju r 
Dan 1 Little 
John Mills 
L* Samuell Gerrish 
Clem* Jackson 
Richard Mattoon 



William Langdon Juner Andrew Todd 
Daniel Crockford 



Cap* Tho s Adams 

Joseph hodsden 

Peter mathes 
Willam Simson 
W ,n Shackford 
Richard Elliot 



John hix 

Stephen Hardison 
Will m Wentworth 
Nathaniel Beck 
Henry Winslow 
James Gooch 



W m Kennedy 
Hugh Hall Wentworth 
Peter Stillings 
David Gilmor 
John M ell in 
Noah Emery 
Samuel Wentworth Boston 
Jerem 11 Veasey 

his 

Benj n x Kenniston 

mark 

Samuel Tripe 
Joshua Cate 
John Grant 
N. Peirce 



I98 CHARTER RECORDS. 



RINDGE. 

[Granted by Massachusetts Feb. 3, 1736-7, to inhabitants of Rowley, Mass., 
who were in the Canada expedition, Hence called Rowley- Canada. Granted by 
the Masonian Proprietors Feb. 14, 1749-50, to Solomon Stewart and others, and 
known as Monadnock No. 1 or South Monadnock. Incorporated as Rindge Feb. 
11, 1768, and named in honor of David Rindge. The line between Rindge and 
Fitzwilliam was established June 17, 1847. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bou- 
ton Town Papers, 720 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 320 ; Index to Laws, 476 ; 
History, by Ezra S. Stearns, 1875, pp. 788; sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire 
County, 1886, p. 532; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, 
p. 361 ; discourse, 40th anniversary of pastorate, by A. W. Burnham, 
1862; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 285; The Offering of Lunen- 
burg, Mass., to Cheshire County, by Ezra S. Stearns, 2, Proceedings of 
N. H. Historical Society, 92 ; John Fitch, a historical address by Ezra S. Stearns, 
on the occasion of the dedication of the Fitch Memorial Tablet July 4, 1894.] 



[Charter of Rindge, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 146, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 83.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power and Authority Granted 
New Hampshire \ and vested in me by the Proprietors of Lands, 
purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 in the Province of New Hamp r 
by their Vote passed at their Meeting held at Portsmouth in s d 
Province the 16 th Day of June 1749 

I Do by these Presents on the Terms Conditions and Limitations 
hereafter Expressed Give and grant all the right Possession and 
Property of the Prop rs afores d unto Solomon Steward John Stevens John 
Combs Jonathan Hubbard jun r Thomas Symms Stanton Prentice, Coll 
John Hill Samuel Cummings Thomas Prentice Peter Powers jun r 
William Spaulding Joseph Blanchard jun r Joseph French Jonathan 
Powers Samuel Greele Jonathan Hubbard William Downe Peter 
Stevens Sampson French James Stewart Robert Fletcher jun r 
Eleazer Blanchard David Cheever, Samuel Reed Jonathan Whit- 
ney John Hubbard Jacob Gould Nehemiah Gould Robert Melvin 
Jerahmeel Powers Joseph Jackson James Colman Peter Power 
Daniel Taylor Sam u Greele jun r Zaccheus Lovewell Steven Pow- 
ers John Lovewell jun r Joseph Winn Nathaniel Page Timothy 
Taylor one Right each ; Benjamin Bellows Six Rights Samuel John- 
son jun r two Rights — One Right for Encouragement for build- 
ing of Mills and two share more to be disposed of by the Grantees 



RINDGE. 



I 99 



for Publick Uses of in and to that Tract of Land or Township 
Lying in the Province afores d Containing by Estimation thirty 
five Square Miles Bounded thus Beginning on the Line between y e 
Province afores d and the Province of the Massachusetts Bay Six 
Miles Westerly from the Southwest Corner of the Township called 
N° 1 : North of Townshend and runs North Eighty degrees West in 
s d Line Seven miles, thence North by the Needle Five miles from 
thence South Eighty degrees East Seven Miles, Thence South by the 
Needle to the first Bounds mentioned. 

To Have and To Hold to them their Heirs and Assigns in equall 
Shares on the following terms and conditions with the reservations 
hereafter expressed (That is to say) That the tract afores fl be 
divided into Seventy three Equall Snares And that each Share or 
Right be divided into Three Lotts and drawn for on or before the 
last Day of November next Ensuing in some equitable Manner 

That Three of the afores d Rights be and hereby are granted One 
for the first Settled Minister One for the Ministry & One for the 
School there forever ; One Lott for each such Right to be first lay'd 
Out (and not Drawn for) near the Middle of the Town 

That Eighteen of the said Shares be reserved for the Use of the 
Grantors their Heirs & Assigns for ever Exempted and free from all 
Charges whatsoever in making or bringing forward y e Settlement 
Untill improved by them or some holding under them respectively, 
That the Grantees shall make Settlement in the following Manner 
Viz* That the aforesaid Tract be lay'd Out as afores d at the Grantees 

Expence. That all necessary Highways be lay'd Out through 

the lotts of either Grantors or Grantees as there shall be occasion 
hereafter free from Charge for the land, such wedth as the major 
part shall judge necessary That Forty of the Shares belonging to 
the Grantees afores d be settled in the following Manner, Viz* Each 
of the s d forty shares to have three Acres of Land on some One Lott 
cleared, inclosed & fitted for Mowing or tillage in s d tract at or before 
the last Day of December 1752 And in like manner Three Acres 
more Annually for two Years more then next coming — That on each 
of the said forty Lotts so cleared as afores d there be a Convenient 
House of One Room Sixteen feet Square at the least fitted for Com- 
fortable dwelling therein, and the Grantees or some person Resident 
on each of the Lotts to be settled as afores d at or before the last Day 
of December 1753 And Continue resident there for Two Years then 
next coming & Build a Convenient Meeting House there in Five 
Years from this Date. 

That the following Nine shares be exempted from making settle- 
ment only to pay their proportion to all publick Taxes as Other the 



200 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Grantees Viz* Benjamin Bellows for four Rights Samuel Reed one, 
Jonathan Whitney One, Jonathan Hubbard jun r One, Sam 11 Johnson 
One Timothy Taylor One. — — That Each of the said Grantees at the 
Executing this Instrument pay fifteen pounds Old Tenour to defrey 
the necessary Charges risen or arising in bringing forward the settle- 
ment aforesaid to be deposited in the hands of such Person as they 
shall appoint being a Freeholder and Resident in this Province. 

That the aforesaid Grantees or their Assigns Assess such further 
Sum or Sums of Money Equally in proportion to their Right on the 
Share of Each Grantee (exclusive of the Three Pnblick Lotts) as may 
be thought Necessary for carrying on the Settlement aforesaid or any 
Publick matter And on failure of payment for the space of Three 
Months after Such Assessment is agreed upon and posted up at such 
place or places as the Grantees aforesaid shall appoint for Notifying 
Prop rs Meetings That so much of such Delinquents Right respectively 
be disposed of as will pay the s d Tax & all Charges arising thereon 
And in case any of the said Grantees shall Neglect to perform any 
of the Articles aforementioned he shall forfeit his Share or Right in 
s cl Township unto those of the s d Grantees who shall not then be 
Delinquent in the Performance on their Part And it shall be Lawfull 
for them by their Agent or Agents to enter into and upon the Right 
of such Delinquent Owner and him to Amove Oust & Expell for 
their Use their Heirs and Assigns Provided they settle such Delin- 
quents Right within the Term of One Year After the Periods 
Conditioned in this Grant And fully comply with the whole Duty 
such Delinquent ought to have done within the Space of One Year 
from Time to time after the respective Periods thereof 

And in case they omitt complying as aforesaid in that Term that 
all such delinquents Rights shall revert and belong to the Grantors 
their Heirs & Assigns for Ever, free from the Incumbrance of Settle- 
ment or Charge Always provided there be no Indian Warr within 
Any of the Terms afores d and in case that should happen The same 
Time be Allowed for the respective Matters afores d after such Imped- 
iments shall be Removed. 

That all White Pine Trees fitt for masting his Majestys Royall 
Navy be and hereby are Granted unto his Majesty, his Heirs and 
Successors for Ever. 

Lastly The S d Grantors do hereby Promise to the s d Grantees 
their Heirs & Assigns to Defend through the Law to King and 
Councill if need be One Action that shall and may be brought 
against them or any Number of them by any person or persons 
Whatsoever Claiming the said Land or any part thereof by any 
other Title than that of y e s d Grantors or that by which they hold 
and derive theirs from — Provided the s d Grantors are avouched 



RINDGE. 20I 

in to Defend the same And that in case of finall Triall the same 
shall be recovered Against the said Grantors, the Grantees shall 
recover nothing Over against the Grantors for the s (1 Land Improve- 
ments or Expence in Bringing Forward the Settlement In Witness 
whereof I the Subscriber Joseph Blanchard of Dunstable have here- 
unto In Behalf of the Prop rs afores (l Sett to my hand and Seal this 

fourteenth day of February 1749 

Joseph Blanchard and Seal 
A True Copy Examined 

Attest : William Downe Prop rs Clerk — 

Att a Meeting of the Prop 18 of the South Monadnock N° 1, held at 
Dunstable on y e 4 th day of August 1752, held by Adjournment. — 

Whereas the Prop rs of the lands in the Province of New -Hamp- 
shire Purchased by them of John Tufton Mason Esq r Who sold 
them Under the Title made by a Com'on Recovery, Did on the 14 th 
Day of February 1749 grant the Quantity of Thirty Five Square 
miles part of s d Land Bounded as Followeth, Beginning on the Line 
between the Province of New Hampsh r and the Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay Six Miles Westerly from the Southwest Corner 
of the Township Called N° 1 North of Townshend And runs North 
Eighty degrees West in said Line Seven miles thence North by the 
Needle five Miles from thence South Eighty Degrees East Seven Miles, 
thence South to the first Bounds mentioned, under certain Condi- 
tions Limitations and reservations in s d Grant mentioned as by 
reference thereto will fully appear — Unto Solomon Stewart John 
Stevens John Combs Jonathan Hubbard jun r Thomas Symms Stanton 
Prentice Coll John Hill Sam 1 Cummings Tho 8 Prentice Peter 
Powers Jun r William Spaulding Joseph Blanchard jun r Joseph 
French Jon a Powers, Sam 1 Greele, Jon a Hubbard Wiliiam Downe 
Peter Stevens Sampson French James Stewart Robert Fletcher Jun 1 ' 
Eleazer Blanchard David Cheever Samuel Read Jonathan Whitney 
John Hubbard Jacob Gould Nehemiah Gould Robert Melvin Jerah- 
meel Powers Joseph Jackson James Coleman Peter Powers Dan 11 
Taylor Samuel Greele jun r Zaccheus Lovewell Stephen Powers John 
Lovewell Jun r Joseph Winn Nath 1 Page Timothy Taylor One 
Right each Benjamin Bellows Six Rights Sam 1 Johnson jun 1 ' Two 
Rights 

Voted That we do hereby accept said Title and for Our Selves 
our heirs and Assigns do Acknowledge that We hold said Lands 
under said Title Conditions and Limitations with the Reservations 
therein mentioned — 

Extract from the Votes of s d Meeting Copy Examined — 

^ r William Downe Prop rs Clerk 



202 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Draft of Lots.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 146, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 

6, p. 90.] 









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Nathaniel Meserve 








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22 


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John Stevens 








12 


4 


21 


2 


22 


2 


Benjamin Bellows . 








12 


7 


I 


6 


2 


6 


John Combs . 








13 


6 


21 


3 


22 


3 


Samuel Johnson jun r 








13 


5 


21 


4 


22 


4 


George Jaffrey 








13 


4 


21 


5 


22 


5 


Jonathan Hubbard jun r 








13 


7 


17 


1 


18 


1 


Benjamin Bellows . 








13 


3 


21 


9 


22 


9 


Thomas Syms 








13 


8 


20 


7 


21 


7 


Stanton Prentice . 








14 


3 


18 


3 


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Richard Wibird . 








14 


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19 


5 


20 


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Coll° John Hill 








14 


6 


21 


6 


22 


6 


Samuel Cummings 








14 


7 


19 


6 


20 


6 


Thomas Prentice . 








14 


8 


15 


8 


17 


8 


Peter Powers jun r . 








14 


9 


21 


8 


22 


8 


Dan" Peirce & Mary Moor 






14 


io 


17 


7 


17 


6 


John Tomlinson and > 


















John Tufton Mason Esq 1 \ 






r 5 


4 


18 


2 


19 


2 


William Spaulding 






15 


5 


17 


5 


19 


1 


Joseph Blanchard jun r 








15 


6 


20 


3 


20 


4 


Joseph French 








16 


7 


18 


4 


19 


4 


Benjamin Bellows . 








16 


6 


18 


6 


18 


5 


John Rindge 








16 


4 


20 


8 


r 9 


8 


Jonathan Powers . 








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4 


1 


4 


2 


4 


Minister 








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2 


1 


3 


1 


Samuel Greele 








ii 


6 


2 


2 


4 


2 


Jonathan Hubbard 








ii 


7 


1 


7 


1 


8 


John Wentworth . 








ii 


9 


12 


9 


12 


10 


Joshua Peirce 








io 


6 


11 


10 


5 


3 


Benjamin Bellows . 








io 


9 


7 


3 


6 


3 


William Parker 








9 


9 


8 


3 


8 


4 


William Downe 








9 


7 


2 


10 


3 


10 


Mathew Livermore 








9 


10 


10 


5 


7 


10 


Peter Stevens 








9 


3 


10 


3 


4 


10 


Sampson French . 








9 


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10 


1 


9 


5 


James Stewart 








8 


i 


8 


2 


6 


6 


Robert Fletcher jun r 








8 


8 


9 


8 


6 


8 


Eleazer Blanchard 








7 


4 


7 


5 


1 


5 


David Cheever 








7 


8 


7 


9 


8 


9 


John Moffatt 








6 


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7 


2 


4 


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Jonathan Whitney 




6 


9 


5 


9 


8 


5 


Theodore Atkinson 




5 


2 


5 


5 


6 


5 


John Hubbard 




17 


9 


13 


9 


3 


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Jacob Gould .... 




18 


9 


18 


8 


18 


7 


March & Solley 




6 


2 


2 


9 


10 


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Thomas Packer 




6 


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Nehemiah Gould . 




4 


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3 


4 


17 


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Robert Melvin 




3 


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8 


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7 


Jerahmeel Powers . 




8 


10 


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5 


5 


10 


Joseph Jackson 




10 


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10 


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Samuel Johnson Jun r 




10 


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9 


4 


9 


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James Colman 




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7 


15 


1 


Peter Powers 




15 


9 


16 


10 


16 


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Benj a Bellows 




16 


9 


16 


8 


12 


3 


Daniel Taylor 




17 


10 


17 


4 


17 


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10 


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3 


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Samuel Greele jun r 




4 


4 


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Zaccheus Lovewell 




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4 


6 


5 


6 


Stephen Powers 




1 


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John Lovewell jun r 




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13 


1 


13 


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Thomas Wallingsford . 




1 


3 


2 


3 


14 


2 


Joseph Blanchard . 




1 


9 


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10 


8 


6 


Jotham Odiorne 




3 


7 


4 


7 


5 


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Mark Hunking Wentworth 




3 


8 


4 


8 


5 


8 


Joseph Wynn 




20 


10 


20 


9 


7 


6 


Nathaniel Page 




21 


10 


22 


10 


11 


8 


Timothy Taylor 




19 


10 


19 


9 


16 


2 


School Lott . 




16 


3 


2 


5 


n 


1 


Benjamin Bellows . 




!5 


3 


4 


9 


14 


1 


Mill Right . 




12 


8 


2 


8 


2 


7 


Common Rights for > 




13 


10 


9 


6 


12 


1 


the Prop" S • 




14 


4 


20 


1 


20 


2 



A List of the Names of the Prop rs of the Township Called South 
Manadnock N° One and of the lotts by them Respectively drawn (as 
Sett against each Dersons name) in S d Township 

William Downe Prop 18 Clerk 



204 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Plan of Rindge, 1749.] 

Copy of Plan of South Monadnock or N° 1 Beginning at a Maple 
Tree at the Line between y e Provinces and Runs North by the Needle 
five Mile to a Stake then due West Seven Miles to a Beach then 
Runs South by the Needle five Miles to a Spruce Tree in s d Province 
Line then due East Seven Miles to y e first mentioned Corner, & Sett 
out as p r this plan Appears Surveyed Febr? 1749 as Attested p r Benj a 
Bellows Surveyor 

This Copy drawn from s d Plan by 

Will 111 Downe Prop rs Clerk 




t -R**F 



RINDGE. 205 

[Petition of Hale and Bridges^ 1759.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 147.] 

To the Gentlemen Proprietors of Lands purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq r in the Province of New Hampshire — 

The Memorial of John Hale & Moody Bridges Agents for the Pro- 
prietors of a Township Called Rowly Cannada Humbly Sheweth 

That A. D. 1738 The great & General Court of his Majesty's Prov- 
ince of the Massachusetts Bay in New England made a Grant of a 
Tract of Land of the Contents of Six Miles Square to Cap 1 John 
Tyler Joseph Pike & others Officers & Soldiers in the Expedition to 
Cannada A D 1690 Lying Scituate to the Southward of Grand monad- 
nock Mountain as a Gratuity for their Service in s d Expedition 

That before the time Limmitted by s d Court for the Settlement of 
s d Township was Expired s d proprietors began to bring forwards Set- 
tlements Pursuant to Court Act but were Retarded by the Commence- 
ment of a War with the French & Indians & as Soon as the War was 
Over they Entred upon the premises Again & were at Great Labour 
& Expence in Clearing Roads Building of Mills & Dwelling Houses 
& in bringing forward Settlements to the Amount of Forty pounds 
Sterling to those who brought forward Settlements & to the Delin- 
quents the Taxes Amounted to upwards of Ten pounds Sterling 

That A. D. 1749 The Hon ble Joseph Blanchard Esq 1 ' Signified to 
our proprietors That s d Township was Claimed by the afores d proprie- 
tors of the Lands purchased of the s d John Tufton Mason Esq r & 
Desired a Conference with our prop rs in the affair which was Comply'd 
with by way of Com ttee who Reported that if the prop 18 of Rowly Can- 
nada would measure from the Sea Sixty Miles west & Should find 
that Rowly Cannada Lay to the west of the Sixty Miles End he the 
s d Joseph Blanchard Esq r had no pretentions to s d Township which 
line being measured as Afores d Did not go into s d Township So as to 
take off any Considerable part thereof but would only take off a Gore 
at one Coner of the Township which was So Trifeling that the prop" 
were willing to Relinquish & Disclaim it provided they Could Enjoy 
the rest of the Township peaceably & Acquainted Col° Blanchard Ac- 
cordingly & So Rested Easie not Expecting any further trouble or 
Difficulty. But So it was s d Township was Granted by Col Blan- 
chard to People who were not of the prop rs of s d Rowly Cannada 
Neither had we an offer of takeing the Township Under the afores' 1 
Prop rs of Masons Patent after s d Com ttee had Treated with Col Blan- 
chard & Reported as afores d — 

That Soon After Col Blanchard made the Afores' 1 Grant An 



206 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Action was Commenced by one of the prop rs of s d New Grant Against 
one of our Settlers in s d Rowly Cannada in which Action Judgment 
went Against us & Execution Terminated in the Imprisonment of s d 
proprietor which put a Stop to the Settlement of Rowly Cannada and 
it hath not been in our power to Recover any Consideration of the 
New Grantees For our Labour in bringing forward Settlements as 
afores d . But they begin to Enter into the Houses we have built & Im- 
prove the Lands we have Clear'd Notwithstanding they Neglected 
Settleing till years after the Time Limmitted for Settleing was Ex- 
pired which Circumstance of their Neglect we would beg Leave to 
take Encouragement from — 

Therefore Gentlemen we Now lay our Selves at your Clemency & 
Justice Praying that you would take our Case & Circumstances into 
your wise Consideration & Let us have a Grant or Charter of Monad- 
nock Number one (Seeing it Now Reverts to you) Agreeable to the 
Grant thereof made by Col° Blanchard Afores d That So we may En- 
joy the Benefit of our Labour as Also what Seems Dearer to us the 
Gratuity intended as a Reward for the Services our Ancestors Did in 
Defence of our Country A. D. 1690 And may it please the Gentle- 
ment Proprietors of s d Patent your Memorialists as in Duty Bound 
Shall Ever Pray— 

Dated Boxford Oct r 24 tb 1759 

John Hale ) Com fctee for 

Moody Bridges ) s d Proprietors 



[Petition of John Hale, 1766.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 148.] 

To the Honourable Theodore Atkinson Esq r And Others Grantees 
to John Tuften Mason Esq r 

The Memorial of John Hale of Boxford in the Prov ce of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay Humbly Sheweth 

Whereas Your Memoralist about 24 Years ago Purchas'd of Nath 1 
Fellows of Portsmouth a Proprietors Share in the Township called 
Rowley Canada Granted 1738 by the Prov ce of the Massachusetts Bay 
To Joseph Pike and others — And Entred upon it Built a House and 
Cleared about 30 or 40 Acres of the Land and Paid the Taxes on it 
And possess'd it for Some Years Not Doubting but he had a Legal 
Title to Said Lands and that on your Extending M r Masons Claim to 
those Lands he gave them up whereby He Suffered Great Loss Hav- 
ing Expended more then An Hundred Pounds Lawful Money on 



RINDGE. 



207 



them : And others Under Your Grant Rec d the Benefit of his Cost & 
Labours He Therefore Prays Gent: that you 1 take the matter under 
Consideration (his Loss and Interest on it Amounting to More then 
Two Hundred Pounds Lawfull money) And According to your 
wonted Goodness make him a Grant of Some Tract of your Lands 
forfeited for not Settling according to Grant in a place called the mid- 
dle menadnick N° 2 or Else where or Grant him a Propriety in Some 
Lands who by Your Clemency may in Some measure have And obtain 
for his Great Loss — and as in Duty Bound Ever Pray 

Boxford Dec r 8 th 1766 John Hale 



[Petition of Richard Peabody, 1767.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 149.] 

To the Honourable Theodore Atkinson Esq r and others Grantees to 
John Tuften Mason Esq r 

The Memorial of Richard Peabody of Boxford in the Province of 
the Massachusetts Bay Humbly Sheweth 

Whereas Your Memorialist was formerly a Grantee in a tract of 
Land Granted by the Province of the Massachusetts Bay Called Row- 
ley Canada And had 2 Contiguous 80 Acre Lotts in it by allotment 
and purchase of which he has had the Quiet possession for more then 
20 Years And has made large improvements on it by clearing More 
then 60 Acres of the Land and by Building a Good House And Barn 
on it 

Which Land on Settlement of the Province Line fell within the 
Province of New Hampshire and Masons Grant : and at the Laying 
out the Menadnocks N° 1 and N° 2 fell within the Grants of those 
Towns 

Your Memorialist further Shews that he has purchased part of his 
Said Lotts of a Proprietor of Said N° 1 and the remainder of them is 
Contained in a Lott of Land of 100 Acres Allotted for the Ministry in 
Said N° 2 — And that Considering the great costs he had been at on 
Said 100 Acres he has often apply'd to the Proprietors of said N° 2 to 
take other lands for the Ministry in lieu of Said 100 Acres And let 
him enjoy his Improvements on it, who gave him Encouragem* they 
would do it but have Since Utterly refused — Gent : You may remem- 
ber your letter to them Some time Since which was faithfully Deliv- 
ered — They called a Meeting to take the Exchange of Lands under 
Consideration Agreeable to your Proposal but would Not at the Meet- 
ing make the Exchanges — Your Memorialist therefore Prays that You 1 
take the matter Under Consideration And According to Your wonted 



208 CHARTER RECORDS. 

clemency, and the Encouragem* he had when last with you Provide 
that he may be Secured in his Possession of said Lands by Exchange 
or otherwise or grant him relief Some other way And he as in duty 
bound will Ever Prav 

Boxford Feb : 2 d 1767 Richard Peabody 



ROCHESTER. 

[This town, as incorporated May 10, 1722, included the present towns of Farm - 
ington and Milton. The westerly part was set off and incorporated as Farmington 
Dec. 1, 1798. Milton was set off and incorporated June 11, 1802. A part of the 
town was annexed to Barrington, July 10, 1846. A city charter was granted March 
31, 1891. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers. 721 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 332; Index to Laws, 
479 ; Historical Notices, by Joseph Haven, 2, Farmer and Moore's Historical Col- 
lections, 169; sketch, by Franklin McDuffee, Hurd's History of Strafford County, 
1882, p. 719; History, by Franklin McDuffee, in two volumes, 1892, pp. 688; 
Bill of Mortality, 1 776-1 824, by Joseph Haven, 1, Collections of N. H. Histori- 
cal Society, 283; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 338; Biographical Noti- 
ces of Physicians, 1, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 276.] 



[Part of Rochester Charter. ~] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 151.] 

Do give and grant unto sundry our beloved Subjects whose names 
are enrolled in a schedule hereunto anexed in the Proportion and 
after The maner therein mention'd all that Tract of Land lying and 
being between the river of salmons falls and the North Esterly side 
line of Barrington being bounded at the south East End by Dover 
head line and to Run norwesterly into the Country and South west- 
erly upon Barrington headline according to the discretion of a Com- 
mitte which shall be appointed by the Proprietors to lay out the same 
not Exceding the quantity of ten milles square to gether with all the 
waters Rivers 

The abov a true Coppy of part of Rochester Chartar — 

atest— John Gage Propri trs Clark 

Dover Apral y e 17th 1749 



[Deed of Part of Packer Lot, 1793.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 152.] 

Know all Men by these Presents, That We Sylvester Dering & 
Henry Packer Dering both of Shelter Island in the County of Suf- 



ROCHESTER. 



2O9 



folk and State of New York Esquires by our Attorney John Peirce 
of Portsmouth in the County of Rockingham and State of New 
Hampshire merchant — For and in consideration of the sum of one 
Hundred & three pounds Twelve Shillings Lawful Money to us in 
hand before the delivery hereof, well and truly paid by Moses 
Hodgdon of Dover in the County of Strafford & State of New Hamp- 
shire Yeoman the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, have 
given, granted, bargained, sold ; and by these presents do give, grant, 
bargain, sell, aliene, enfeoff, convey and confirm unto the said Moses 
Hodgdon his heirs and assigns forever Two full and undivided 
Seventh parts of the Second Division Lot in Rochester Originally 
Laid out to the Right of Doctor Thomas Packer late of Portsmouth 
Esquire Deceased, and are the parts or Shares of our Father 
Thomas Dearing late of said Shelter Island Deceased he being 
the oldest Son of Elizabeth Dearing who was the Daughter of 
said Packer said Lot of Land Laid Out for Two Hundred & 
Forty Acres be the same more or less 

To Have and to Hold the said granted premises, with all the 
privileges and appurtenances to the same, belonging to him the said 
Moses Hodgdon his heirs and assigns, to his & their only proper 
use and benefit forever ; And We the said Sylvester Dering & Henry 
Packer Dering our heirs, executors and administrators do hereby 
covenant, grant and agree to and with the said Moses Hodgdon his 
heirs and assigns, that until the delivery hereof we are the lawful 
owner of the said premises, & are seized and possessed thereof in our 
our own right in fee-simple, and have full power and lawful authority 
to grant and convey the same in manner aforesaid : That the said 
premises are free and clear of all and every incumbrance whatsoever : 
And that we & our heirs, executors and administrators, shall, and 
will warrant the same to him the said Moses Hodgdon heirs and 
assigns, against the lawful claims & demands of any person or per- 
sons whomsoever. 

In Witness whereof we by our said Attorney have hereunto set our 
hands and seals this Seventh day of March In the year of our Lord one 
thousand seven hundred and ninety three 

Signed, sealed and Sylvester Dering by his 

delivered in presence of us, Attorney John Peirce [seal] 

the words by our said Henry Packer Dering by 

Attorney of Land his Attorney John Peirce [seal] 

3eing first Interlined 
Elipt Ladd 
George Gains 
14 



2IO CHARTER RECORDS. 

State of New Hampshire ) Portsmouth the 8 th day of March one 

Rockingham ss j thousand seven hundred and ninety three 

Then the above Henry P. Dering & Sylvester Deering by their 

Attorney John Peirce personally appearing, acknowledged the above 

written instrument to be their free act and deed before me, 

George Gains Justice Peace. 

[Endorsed] It is belived the within deed was taken up & one 
from direct from the Dering obtained 

There was a nother share conveyed to Hodgdon as executor to a 
Brother Deces d whose name was Henery 



RUMNEY. 

[Granted Oct. 4, 1761, to Samuel Olmstead and others. Regranted March 18, 
1767, to Daniel Brainard and others. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
730; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 354; Index to Laws, 483; sketch, Child's 
Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 601; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
p. 581 ; Biography of Josiah Quincy, by J. E. Sargent, 1, Proceedings of Grafton 
and Coos Bar Association, 43 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 
1836, p- 9; grant to Samuel Holland with Plymouth papers; Proceedings of Cele- 
bration, July 4, 1876.] 



\_Rumney Petitioner s.~] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 153.] 

S r If any Grants Should be made before I Return (which will be 
in about a Fortnight) pray ward the applyers from Rumney tis a 
Mountainous Town But well Scituated and a Little Peace of Good 
Land Adjoyning to Spencer & Cockermouth — here the Doctor 
pitches and May have it if is Not Gone Before I Return Y r Remem- 
brance will Greatly gratifie y rs to the Last 

J Blanch ard 

John Gillmore Jonathan Gillmore James Gillmore 

Hugh Ramsey John Moore Thomas Christy 

John Cristy John Morrow Gain Armour 

John Miller Joseph Parks John Usher 

William M c Clure John M c Clenche William Patten 

John Combs Samuel Spaulding William Wright 

Robert Usher Zacheriah Sterns Daniel Sterns 



SALEM. 



211 



Hugh amis 

Samuel Morison 
William Wallace 
James Cochran Jun r 
Joseph Blanchard Esq 
Benj a French 
James Cowen 
Jonathan Cumings 
William Lancy 
John Stearns 
Robert Gillmore 
Samuel Steel 
Thomas Morison 
Romney 



John Smith 
John Tuft 
Joseph Cochran 
Samuel Alison 
Isaac Far well 
Ebenezer Farwell 
Peter Russell 
Jonathan Cumings 
William Read 
Jesse Cristy 
Samuel Willson 
And w Clindinin 
Benj a Butterfield 



Robert Park 
David Criage 
James Cochran 
William Willson 
Isaac Farwell Jun r 
Thomas Cowen 
William Alld 
Jun r Benj a Davis 
John Parker 
And w Pack 
James Miltmore 
Robert Clindinin 
Mat hew Thornton 



SALEM. 



[This town was constituted from parts of Haverhill District, Methuen, and 
Dracut, Mass., and was incorporated May n, 1750. A new line between Salem 
and Windham was established Jan. 9, 1752-3. The charter was confirmed by the 
Masonian Proprietors, March 8, 1759. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
744; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 371 ; Index to Laws, 486; sketch, by A. H. 
Merrill, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 469; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 130; Two Sermons, 1816, by John Smith, 1817, pp.30; 
Account of, Poore 1 s Merrimack Valley, 1857-8, p. 239; Proceedings of 150th 
Anniversary of Congregational Church, 1890.] 



[Petition of Samuel Hale, 1748-9.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 154.] 

To the Honourable Theodore Atkinson Esq r and the Other Pro- 
prietors of Masons Right 

The Petition of Samuel Hale for Himself and Others Humbly 
Sheweth 

That whereas a Grant of three hundred Acres of Land was made 
by the Government of the Massachusets Bay to the Heirs of our 
Grandfather John Hale of Beverley deceased for reward of Service in 
the Canada Expedition Anno 1690 which Grant was laid out in 
Methuen District (so called) Bounded East on Haverhill old Line 
North on Woodbury's Farm West on Land Owners unknown South 
on (Land since known by) Greanleafs Farm and was then Claimed 



212 CHARTER RECORDS. 

by that Province but by the late Settlement of the Line it falls within 
this Prov : & within your Claim We therefore Pray that You would 
Confirm or Quit unto us said tract of Land and as in Duty bound 
shall ever Pray 

Your Petitioners 
Portsmouth New Hampshire ) Sam 11 Hale 

March the 1 st 1748/9 ( for Himself & Others 



[Petition and Plan, 1759.] 

Salem in \ To the Honarable Propreatiers that Clame Under 

Newhamsher > Masons Patten tees 

Jan r 22 : 1759 ) Whereas We the under siners have This Day Be- 
ing informed that there is sume of the inhabetants of the Town of Sa- 
lem afore Said who have Pertitiond or about to Pertition to the S d Pro- 
prters for the Land in S d Township Taking to their Sosierty home they 
Plese and Whome they Plese they Refuse — 

The Humbel Pertition of the We Subscribers to the Said Propripei- 
ters that if there is aney Right that belongs to the Propriters that the 
Town of Salem in Genrel might be a Quainted With it and that Your 
Portitions Prays that it might Plese Your Honers to Give the Town 
of Salem afore S d the Liberty of Purcheusing By a maigeroty and in 
So Doing it mighe Prevent a grate Disturbence in S d Town your 
Partitions further Prays that you Would Signify in Wrighting Your 
minds to us before you Doe aney thing as to Sale that the Town of 
Salem afore S d have their Voice in the Purches : as Your Portition- 
ers as in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray 

Daniel Peaslee Jonthan Wheeler Isaac Clough senr 

Ebenezer Ayer Timothy Johnson Jonathan Collis 

Jonathan Wheeler juner Daniel Mussey Thomas Duston 

Nathaiel Woodman Abial Asten Obadiah Duston 

John Baley Joshua baylay John Lowel 

Stephen wheeler Benj a Rawlings Nathaniel merrill 

Caleb Duston James Hasting william wheeler 

John Cross James Gregg william Curtis 

James Chase John Lowel juner Edw d Clark 

Israel Young Sen r Israel young ju r John Corrier 

Evan Jones Edw d Carlton William Townsend 



SALEM. 



213 




^* f "2&7 



[Quitclaim to Salem, 1759.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 8, 1759.] 

Whereas thee Persons whose names are hereafter Express'd have 
applied to this Propriety for their right and Title to the lands they 
severally claim in the Township of Salem in the Province of New 
Hampshire excepting what is within the bounds of Londonderry & in 



214 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Consideration of their Improvements & for encourageing the Set- 
tlers — 

Voted that there be and hereby is Granted to the said persons their 
heirs and assigns all the right, Title, Interest claim property and 
demand of said Proprietors according to the several and respective 
rights and claims of said Persons as they have or shall derive the 
same from the Proprietors of Haverhill or other grants made by the 
Government of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay and also to all 
such particular lotts of lands Situated as aforesaid which any of them 
hold in Common and undivided, but as to the hundred acres of land 
within said Township of Salem which was appropriated the one half 
for the first minister and the other half for the use of the ministry it 
is not intended to be comprehended in the foregoing vote, but all the 
right, title, Claim property and demand of this propriety or of the 
Proprietors first abovenamed, be and hereby is granted to the rev- 
erend M r Abner Bayly his heirs and assigns, the one half of said 
hundred acres to be taken where he has made his Improvements and 
the other half be and hereby is granted to remain for the use of the 
ministry in said Town of Salem forever — 

Reverend M r Abner Bayley, John Bayley William Johnson, Stephen 
Wheeler, Timothy Johnson, James Hastings Edward Clark, James 
French, Thomas Dusten, Obadiah Dusten, Abiel Astin, James Ford, 
Ebenezer Page John Lowel Jun r Daniel Greenough, David Corlis 
William Townsend, Benjamin Rawlins Daniel Massey Timothy 
Beadle, Nathaniel Woodman, Israel Young Ju r Jacob Beadle, Benony 
Rowell, Samuel Ordway, Wid: Mary Clough, James Gragg, Samuel 
Clements Caleb Marble, Isaac Clough, the heirs of John Johnson, 
Even Jones Jun r , Israel Young, Samuel Parker, Caleb Dusten David 
Heath, Micah Amey, Wid: Hannah Webster Jonathan Corlis Jun r , 
John Lowel, David Burbank, Abraham Annis, Ruth Clements, John 
Currier, Daniel Peaslee Esq 1 *, John Beadle, John Rowell, Joshua Bay- 
ley, Jonathan Tenney, Joseph Harris, Edward Carlton, Joshua Web- 
ster, Asa Pattee, Timothy Beadle Jun r , Jonathan Codes the 3 d , Jona- 
than Corles, John Allen, Sarah Sanders John Pattee, Joseph Wright, 
James Swan, Richard Dow Nathaniel Dow, Obadiah Eastman, Wil- 
liam Sanders Benjamin Wheeler Jun r , Andrew Balch, Jemima Kim- 
ball, William Wheeler, Timothy Swan, Ebenezer Ayer Seth Pattee, 
Richard Pattee, Peter Merrill, William Kelley, John Merrill, David 
Merrill, Jonathan Bayley Peter Uran, Benjamin Hilton Samuel Hil- 
ton, Oliver Sanders Alexander Gorden, Jonathan Wheeler Jun r , Ben- 
jamin Wheeler, Raphe Hall, Meshech Weare Esq r , Nathaniel Peaslee 
Esq r , John Greenleaf Esq r , Philip Haseltine, Joseph Corlis, Jonathan 
Sheppard, Richard Messer, John Simons, Thomas Eaton, Stephen 






SALISBURY. 215 

Webster, Moses Eaton, John Jaquish Josiah Brown Jeremiah Bayley, 
Ebenezer Webster, William Webster Martha Mitchell, Andrew 
Mitchell, William Mitchell, John Mitchell Ebenezer Mitchell, Hum- 
phry Bayley, John Hastings, Dinah Kimball, John Tippit James 
Jones, Richard Currier Nathaniel Lovejoy, John How John Smith 
Ithamar Emerson, Caleb Hall, Timothy Emerson Thomas Cross Rich- 
ard Kelley Benjamin Clements, John Ladd, Doct r Anthony Emery, 
Joseph Badger, Nathaniel Kimball Richard W T hittier, Thomas Whit- 
tier, William George Enoch Bartlett, Nathaniel Messer, John Watts, 
Richard Swan, Robert Swan, James Ayer, John Moores, John Haz- 
zen Moses Hazzen, Abigail Hazzen, Isaac Kimball, Thomas Whittier 
Jun r , Samuel White, Esq r , John White, Asa Swan, Abiel Messer, 
Even Jones, Joseph Stevens, Ebenezer Ayer Jun r , Joseph Whitaker, 
Thomas Eaton Jun r , James Pecker, Stephen Dow, Peter Ayer, Wil- 
liam Moss Nathan Ames, Abraham Day, Nathaniel Merrill. 



SALISBURY. 

[Granted by Massachusetts Feb. 3, 1736-7, and called Baker* s-town. Granted 
by the Masonian Proprietors Oct. 25, 1749, to Ebenezer Stevens and others, 
and called Stevens-town. Also called at times, Gerrish-town and New Sal- 
isbury. Incorporated as Salisbury March 1, 1768. A tract of land from the east 
part of the town was combined with portions of Andover, Northfield, and Sanborn- 
ton, and incorporated as Franklin Dec. 24, 1828. A part of Franklin was an- 
nexed to Salisbury July 7, 1869. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bou- 
ton Town Papers, 753 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 381 ; Index to Laws, 486, 
522; Topographical and Historical Sketch, by M. Eastman, 3, Farmer and 
Moore's Historical Collections, 296 ; History, collated by John J. Dearborn, edited 
by James O. Adams and Henry P. Rolfe, 1890, pp. 888; sketch by J. J. Dear- 
born, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 602 ; Life of Daniel Webster, 
by George Ticknor Curtis, 1889; Reminiscences of Daniel Webster, by Peter 
Harvey ; Letters Explanatory of Difficulties Existing in the Baptist Church, 1827 ; 
Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Baptist Churches in N. H., 
by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 7, 12, 15; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
p. 409.] 



[Petition of Stephen Chase, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 133.] 

Portsmouth Nov r 16 th 1748 

To the Gentlemen Proprietors & Purchasers of Cap 1 John Tufton 
Mason Esqu r his Right in Lands in y e Prov s of New Hampshire — 



2l6 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



I the Subscriber humbly Shew that in or about y e year 1743 being 
a Proprietor in the Grant of a Township called Baker's Town did in 
my own Right & in y e Right of y e other Proprietors build a Saw Mill 
and Cleared and Sowed an Acre of Ground and also built a meeting 
house for y e Said Proprietors but now understanding the Right of 
Said Land is in you I earnestly Request that I may be a Grantee in 
Said Tract of land called Baker's Town, and that I may also have y e 
Benefit of the Mill I built upon Such Conditions & Terms as the Said 
Tract of Land Shall be granted & disposed of by you and you will 

oblige your very Hum : Serv* 

Stephen Chese 



[Names of Petitioners.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Yol. 7, p. 155.] 



A List of the Petitioners for a New Township 



Ebenezer Stevens 
Benjamin Clough 
Nathan Swett 
Elisha Winslow 
Benjamin Tucker 
John Hun toon 
William Sanborn 
Benjamin Wadleigh 
John Lad 
Joseph Bean Jun r 
Sam 11 Eastman Ter : 
Sam 11 Fifield 
Benjamin Choat Jun r 
Ebenezer Eastman 
Elisha Swett 
Sam 11 Sanborn 
Benjamin Sleeper 
Joshua Webster Jun r 
Daniel Moodey 
Sam 11 Colcord 

Kingstown 



Jedidiah Philbrick 
Sam 11 Bean 
Joseph Fifield 
Jacob morril 
William Calf 
John Huntoon Ju r 
John Lad Jun r 
Abraham Green 
Ebenezer Sleeper 
Nathanael Huntoon 
Sam 11 Eastman Jun r 
Joseph Seecomb 
Jonathan Choat 
Tristram Sanborn Ter. 
Samuel Stevens 
William Buswel Ter: 
Jeremy Webster 
Jonathan Sanborn Jun 1 
Ephraim Collins 
Nathanael French Jun r 



John Judkins 
Benjamin Stevens 
John Fifield Jun r 
Moses Quinbe 
Joshua Woodman 
Tristram Sanborn Jun r 
Ebenezer Long 
Nathanael Lad 
Ebenezer Stevens Jun r 
Benjamin Sanborn 
Jeremiah Philbrick 
Joseph Clifford 
Stephen Gillman 
Peter Sanborn 
Joseph Grele 
Daniel Gillman 
Sam 11 Webster 
Sam 11 winslowe Jun r 
Humphry Hook 
John Currier 



SALISBURY. 217 

[Petition of Stevens and Philbrick, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 156.] 

Portsmouth Nov r y e 12 th 1748 
To the Gen tm Purchasers & Proprietors of Cap* John Tufton 
Mason Esqu r his Right of Land in y e Province of New Hampshire — 
We y e Subscribers in behalf of ourselves & others Inhabitants of 
Kinston do request the favour of your Grant to Such a Number of us 
as you shall think best, a Tract of Land joining northerly upon Con- 
tocook on y e west of Merrimack upon Such Terms & Conditions as 
you shall think best and if not in that place where otherwise you shall 
find most Convenient & you will very much oblige us & others in 
whose behalfe we are Gent your most Hum : serv ts 

Eben r Stevens 
Jed h Philbrick 



[Charter of Salisbury, 1749.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Oct. 25, 1749.] 

Voted That there be and hereby is granted unto Ebenezer Stevens 
Esq, Jedidiah Philbrick, Ebenezer Page, Thomas Newman, Samuel 
Bean, Samuel Colcord, Benjamin Stevens, Jonathan Greely jun r , 
Nathan Swett Joseph Eastman jun r John Fifield jun r , Elisha Wins- 
low, Henry Morrell, Moses Quinby, William Calf, Joshua Woodman, 
John Hontoon, John Hon toon jun r , Tristram Samborn jun r John Ladd 
jun r , Eben r Long, Benj a Wadleigh, Abr'am Green Nath 1 Ladd, Benj a 
Ladd, Ebenezer Stevens jun r , Joseph Bean jun r , Nath 1 Hontoon, 
Tristram Quinby, Samuel Eastman jun r , Jeremiah Philbrick, Samuel 
Fifield, the rev rt Joseph Secomb, Joseph Clifford, James Toppan, 
Ebenezer Eastman, Tristram Sanborn tertius, Peter Sanborn, Elisha 
Swett, Cap fc Joseph Greely, Samuel Sanborn, William Russell tertius, 
John Darling jun r , Jeremiah Webster, Samuel Webster, Joshua Web- 
ster jun r , John Currier, Jonathan Sanborn jun r , Samuel Win slow j r 
Ephraim Collins, Humphry Hook, Jacob Quinby, Jon a Greely, 
Samuel Stevens all of Kingston in s d province, Peter Ayres of Haver- 
hill, Jabez True & David Grely both of Salisbury, Benj a Sanborne of 
Kingston afores d and Phillip Call living on part of the Land herein 
after mentioned, & Peter Dearborn of Chester In Equal Shares on the 
Terms, Conditions & Limitations herein after expressed, ^ all that 
Tract of Land within the province of New hampshire containing the 
Extent & Quantity of Six Miles Square Bounded as follows viz 1 — Be- 
ginning at a White Oak Tree Standing on the Brink of Merrimack 



2l8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

River Six Rods Southerly from a deep Gutter running into the River 
said Tree being marked on four Sides thence running West seventeen 
Degrees South nine Miles — then beginning again at the River at the 
said white Oak & running upon the River northerly about a Mile 
above the Crotch upon Pemigiwasset River to a large Rock in y e 
Bank of y e River at y e Head of Pemigiwasset great Falls thence run- 
ning West fifteen Degrees South nine Miles — thence on a strait Line 
from the Westerly End of this Line to y e westerly End of the Line 
first mentioned on the other Side — To have and to hold to them, their 
Heirs & assigns, in equal Shares on the following Terms, Conditions 
& Limitations, That is to say, That the whole Tract of Land within 
the said Boundaries (saving what is herein after mentioned to be 
otherwise Improved) be divided into Eighty Shares or Rights & each 
Share into four Distinct Lots one of which is to contain Sixty Acres, 
and the other Three the rest of the Land belonging to each respec- 
tive Share of which the Interval to be one Lot, That the Lots which 
belong to one Share be numbred with the same Number beginning 
with One & ending with Eighty — That the said Land be so laid out 
within one Year after the proclaiming of a peace with the Indians & 
then the Lots drawn in the usual manner of Drawing for Lots of 
Land in such Cases — And that this be done under the Care & Direc- 
tion of the Grantors, & that there be but one Draft for the Lots 
which belong to one share That One of the said Shares be for the 
first Minister of the Gospel who shall be settled on said Land & Con- 
tinue there during his Life or untill he shall be regularly dismissd, 
to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns. And one other of the said 
shares be for and toward the Support of the Gospel Ministry there 
for ever. And the Sixty Acre Lots belonging to these two Shares 
shall be laid out as near the place where the Meeting House shall be 
built as conveniently may be and drawn for as the other Lots. That 
there be ten acres of Land left in some Convenient place (as the 
Major part of the said Grantees shall Determine) within the said 
Boundaries for Building a Meeting house & School house upon & to 
improve for a Training field a Burying place & other public Use to 
which the Inhabitants there shall see Cause to apply it. That one 
other of said Shares be for the Use & Support of a School there for 
ever. That seventeen of said Shares be & hereby are reserved to the 
Use of the said proprietors the Grantors in these Presents their Heirs 
& Assigns. That the Owners of the other Sixty Shares make a regu- 
lar Settlement there at their own Expence in the following Manner, 
viz* that within two Years after the said peace the said Owners or 
Grantees shall clear & make a good Cart Way from the place called 
Contoocoke to the place left for public Uses as afores d within the 



SALISBURY. 



219 



said Boundaries — That within the three Years after the said peace 
the said Owners shall have a Saw-Mill built fit for sawing & making 
Boards & other Timber for the Use of the Settlers there & that the 
same be put under such a Regulation as shall best serve the Interest 
of the Settlement & that each Settler may be served in that Respect 
on reasonable Terms — That within four Years from the said Term 
Each Owner of the said Shares shall fell the Trees upon three Acres 
of the Land belonging to his Share and within one Year more shall 
clear and fit the same for mowing or Tillage — That within Six Years 
each of the said Owners shall build a House of sixteen foot Square or 
equal thereto on his respective Share & have two Acres of Land more 
fitted for Tillage or Mowing & the said House fitted to live in — That 
within seven Years after the said peace the said Owners build a Meet- 
ing House within the said Boundaries to be placed as aforesaid and 
finished fit for publick Worship within Eight Years from said Term 
& some person living in each Owners House there, & that within nine 
Years from said Term the said Owners & Settlers there maintain the 
preaching of the Gospel in said House. That each Owner of the 
said Sixty Shares pay to such person or persons as shall be appointed 
by the major part of the said Owners to receive the same, his propor- 
tion of all Sums of Money from time to time as the said major part of 
the said Owners shall Determine to be necessary to be paid for the 
carrying on the said Settlement & accomplishing the matters & 
Things afores d & what shall be herein after mentioned for the making 
perfecting & finishing the said Settlement — That in laying out the 
said Lots Care be taken to sort them in such a manner as to make the 
Shares as equal as possible — That the Lots be laid in Ranges where 
the Land will admit of it and Land left between the Ranges for high 
Ways of four Rods wide & between the Lots of two Rods wide where 
the Land will admit of it— That a plan of the whole when so laid out 
be made at the Charge of the said Owners & returned to the said 
Grantors as soon as may be Conveniently done at the Charge of the 
said owners — That the seventeen reserved Shares be Exonerated, 
acquitted & fully exempted from paying any Charge towards making 
the said Settlement & not held to the Conditions limited to the other 
Shares, nor liable to pay any Charge Tax or Assessment untill Im- 
proved by the respective Owners thereof or any under them — That all 
white pine Trees fit for masting the Royal Navy be & hereby are re- 
served & Granted to his Majesty his Heirs & Successors for ever for 
that purpose — That in Case the Grantees & Owners of the said Sixty 
Share shall neglect fail & omit to make & perfect the said Settlement 
in Manner aforesaid according to the True Intent & Meaning of the 
several Articles, Matters & Things herein before mentioned by them 



220 CHARTER RECORDS. 

to be done, the said Grantees & Owners shall forfeit their Right 
share & Interest in the said Granted premises to the Grantors their 
Heirs and Assigns (saving to such of the said owners as shall have 
done & performed his part & proportion of the said articles matters & 
Things his Respective Right & Share of the said premises) and the 
said Grantors their Heirs & Assigns may & it shall be lawful for 
them or any person or persons for them & in their Name & Stead to 
enter into & upon the Rights & Shares so forfeited, & the same again 
to seize, take possession of, & apply to their own use — Provided that 
if a War with the Indians should again happen before the Expiration 
of the several Limitations of Time for the doing & performing the 
said Matters & Things respectively then the same Term of Years to be 
allowed after that Impediment shall be removed — 

And in Case any Action or Suit shall be br6t against the said 
Grantees or Owners for the said Tract of Land or any part thereof 
the said Grantees or Owners or such of them as shall be so sued shall 
be & hereby are obliged to Vouch the said Grantors their Heirs or 
Assigns & they the said Grantors hereby promise and Ingage that 
they their Heirs or Assigns shall & will at their own Cost & Charge 
Defend One Action or Suit upon one Title & pursue the same to final 
Judgment through the whole Course of the Law (if there shall be 
Occasion) and in Case the final Judgment in such Trial Shall be 
against the said Grantors, the Grantees or Owners shall recover noth- 
ing over in Satisfaction of & from the said Grantors their Executors 
or Administrators or any of them. And farther it is the true Intent 
& Meaning of the Grantors & the Grantees in these presents, That in 
Case any of the said Sixty Shares shall be forfeited to the Grantors 
by Default of performing the proportion of Duty in making the said 
Settlement as afores d , the said Grantors shall oblige those to whom 
they shall dispose of such shares to do & perform their proportion of 
those Articles Matters & Things herein Enjoined & required of the 
Original Grantees & in Case the said Grantors shall hold such for- 
feited Rights to themselves or any of them they shall do & perform 
all their proportion of Duty & pay their proportion of all Charge as is 
herein required of the Original Grantees 



SALISBURY. 



221 



[Draft of Lots.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 157, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 
p. 233.] 



Proprietors Names 






Numbers of y e Lots & Quantity 


Ebez. Eastman 


17.100 


10.80 


45.60 


15. Inter 


Tho 8 Packer Esq r . 






62.100 


57 


80 


62.60 


58. Inter 


Tho 8 Wallingford Esq r 






30.100 


39 


80 


57.60 


28. Inter 


Tho 8 Newman . 






25.100 


16 


80 


52.60 


23. Inter 


Jonathan Greely jun r 






15.100 


8 


80 


27.60 


13. Inter 


Sam 1 Sanborn . 






1 1. 1 00 


4 


80 


41.60 


9. Inter 


John Wentworth jun r Esq 1 






2.100 


2 


80 


3.60 


1 . Inter 


Sam 1 Stevens . 






52.100 


21 


80 


23.60 


48. Inter 


David Greely . 






72.100 


7i 


80 


72.60 


68. Inter 


Joshua Woodman 






8.100 


45 


80 


32.60 


6. Inter 


Joseph Eastman jun r 






38.100 


53 


80 


14.60 


36. Inter 


Samuel Webster 






68.100 


65 


80 


68.60 


64. Inter 


Sam 1 Colcord . 






50.100 


19 


80 


21.60 


46. Int 


John Huntoonjun 1 . 






33.100 


29 


80 


6.60 


31. Int 


John Fifield jun r 






21.100 


14 


80 


48.60 


19. Inte 


Sam 1 Winslow jun r . 






77.100 


75 


80 


77.60 


73. Int 


Tristram Ouinby 






9.100 


44 


80 


29.60 


7. Int 


Benj Stevens . 






20.100 


13 


80 


47.60 


18. In 


D Peirce & Mary Moore 






7.100 


47 


80 


31.60 


5. Inter 


John Ladd jun r 






75.100 


68 


80 


75.60 


71. Inte 


Jotham Odiorne Esq 1- 






67.100 


64 


80 


67.60 


63. Inte 


Rich d Wibird Esq r . 






18.100 


11 


80 


26.60 


16. Inte 


Ephraim Collins 






41.100 


79 


80 


39.60 


78. In 


Tristram Sanborn Ter's 






74.100 


72 


80 


74.60 


70. Int 


Law Lott N° i 






61.100 


62 


80 


61.60 


57. Int 


Jonathan Greely 






35.100 


3i 


80 


8.60 


33. Inter 


Joseph Bean jun r 






71.100 


76 


80 


71.60 


67. Int 


John Darling jun r 






51.100 


20 


80 


22.60 


47. Int 


Mark H. Wentworth Esq r 






34.190 


30 


80 


7.60 


32. Int 


Humpy Hook . 






58.100 


28 


80 


38.60 


54. Int 


Joseph Cliford 






22.100 


T 5 


80 


49.60 


20. Int 


Will m Bussell tert s . 






23.100 


42 


80 


50.60 


21. Int 


Peter Dearborn 






70.100 


77 


80 


70.60 


66. Int 


Sam 1 Solly & Clem* March 


Esq r 


s 


69.100 


73 


80 


69.60 


80. Int 


Nath 1 Huntoon 






13.100 


6 


80 


43.60 


11. Int 


Tristram Sanborn jun r 






53.100 


22 


80 


24.60 


49. Int 


Josh Peirce Esq r 






5.100 


55 


80 


28.60 


4. Int 


Will 1 " Calf 






80.100 


78 


80 


80.60 


76. In 


Nathan Swett . 






14.100 


7 


80 


30.60 


12. In 


Henry Morrill . 






36.100 


32 


80 


9.60 


34. In 


Peter Aires 






56.100 


28 


80 


36.60 


52. In 



222 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



ProDrietors Names 



Numbers of v e Lots & Quantity 



Benj n Sanborn 


32.100 


48.80 


5.60 


30. In 


Jacob Ouinby . 






54.100 


23.80 


25.60 


50. Int 


Jedediah Philbrick . 




10.100 


43.80 


40.60 


8. In 


John Currier . 




43.100 


34.80 


12.60 


39. Int 


Jonath Sanborn jun r 




29.100 


40.80 


56.60 


27. Int 


Benj n Wadleigh 




65.100 


60.80 


65.60 


61. Int 


Jabez Trew 




6.100 


46.80 


19.60 


79. In 


Elish Swett 




73.100 


70.80 


73.60 


69. In 


Theod r Atkinson Esq r 




49-i°° 


52.80 


34.60 


45. In 


Joshua Webster jun r 




79.100 


67.80 


79.60 


75. In 


Sam 1 Eastman jun r . 




55.100 


24.80 


35.60 


51. In 


Eben r Long 




37.100 


54.80 


10.60 


35- In 


Ebenz Stevens jun r . 




44.100 


35.80 


15.60 


40. In 


Jeremy Webster 






27.100 


1S.80 


54.60 


25. Int 


Abra m Green . 






12.100 


5.80 


42.60 


10. Int 


John Huntoon 






66.100 


63.80 


66.60 


62. Int 


Nath 1 Ladd 






39.100 


50. So 


58.60 


37. Int 


John Moffatt Esq r . 




47.100 


38.80 


20.60 


43. Int 


Joseph Greely . 




48.100 


51.80 


33-6o 


44. Int 


Elisha Winslow 




63.100 


58.80 


63.60 


57. Int 


Sam 1 Firield 




26.100 


17.80 


60.53 


29. Inter 


M. H. Wentworth Esq r 




. 45-r°° 


36.80 


16.60 


41. Int 


Law Lot N° 2 . 




57.100 


25.80 


37.60 


53. Inter 


Benj Ladd 




16.100 


9.80 


44.60 


14. Int 


Jeremiah Philbrick . 




19.100 


12.80 


46.60 


17. Int 


Sam 1 Bean 




24.100 


80.80 


51.60 


22. Int 


Eben r Stevens Esq r . 




78.100 


66.80 


78.60 


74. Int 


Mess 1 " Mason & Thomlinson Esc 


r 4.100 


56.80 


2.60 


3- Int 


Mess Meserve Blanchard Green } 

& P. March J 28 - 100 


41. So 


55.60 


26. Inter 


Eben r Page . . . . 40.100 


69.80 


13.60 


jj. Inter 


Moses Ouinby 




31.100 


49.80 


4.60 


29. Int 


Joseph Secomb Rev d 




60.100 


61. So 


60.60 


56. Int 


James Toppan 




76.100 


74.80 


76.60 


72. Int 


Peter Sanborn 




42.100 


80.33 


11.60 


38. Int 


Geo Jafrev Esq r 




64.100 


59.80 


64.60 


60. Int 


Phillip Call . 




1 . 100 


1.80 


1.60 


65. Int 


first Minister . 




3.100 


3.80 


18.60 


2. Int 


Ministry . 




46.100 


37.80 


17.60 


42. Int 


School . 




59.100 


27.80 


49.60 


55- In 



SALISBURY. 



223 



Voted that this Draft of y e Lots of Land in that Tract of Land 
granted by the Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq r to Maj r Eben r Stevens Jedidiah Philbrick & others so 
far as they have been drawn be & hereby is ratified & confirmed as a 
full & final Division & Partition thereof & the Plan of Said Division 
as made & number'd b} T the Grantees & return'd by them to the 
Grantors be received allow'd & confimi'd for the Purpose aforesaid 

Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



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224 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

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224 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

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SALISBURY. 225 

[Petition of Inhabitants, 1754.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 158.] 

To the Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq & Associates in the purchase 
of Masons Right (so Calld) 

The Petition of the Grantees of that tract of Land Granted to the 
Hon ble Maj r Stevens & Associates, Now Called Stevens Town Humbly 
shews : 

Whereas your Hon rs Grant to Us was on Terms & Conditions and 
Limitations ; & among others this (viz) : That in Case any of the 
Grantees shall Neglect fail or omit to make & perfect the Settlement 
according to the Terms & Conditions of the Grant, that then every 
such share to be forfieted to the Grantors, Now we Humbly pray that 
your Hon rs will be pleas'd to Invest the Grantees with power & 
authority to Dispose of the shares of such Delinquents which we 
Humbly Conceive would Conduce more to the Settlement of s d Tract 
of Land, than as it now stands, for — 

1 st Your Hon rs Interest is now in s d Tract of Land so Connected 
together with the Grantees that the One Cannot be sought without 
the other & so the Grantees Cannot seek their own Interest in this 
Case separate & distinct from the Grantors, And if the Grantees have 
power to Dispose of such Rights or shares, by their Majority voteing, 
then that would save the Grantees A great deal of Trouble & Cost in 
Comeing to Portsmouth, and also save your Hon rs the trouble of heer- 
ing us, and disposing of the Rights, And further 

As the Case now Stands If any person shall fail tho but in a small 
Article there is but one decree for him (viz fc ) then his whole Right 
Must be forfeited, whereas if it were in the power of the Grantees 
then at their Discretion, the Right might be disposed of Either the 
whole or in part according to the Deficiency of the Grantee or owner, 
again 

The Grantees Liveing in the Country have a greater advantage of 
Judging who is Likely to settle, and so would do their utmost in all 
such Disposals to sell such shares or parts thereof to such persons as 
would be Likely to Settle, And so we Humbly submit this Case to 
your Hon rs Consideration praying that we may be heard & answerd — 
and this we Humbly Apprehend would greatly promote the settle- 
ment and so we are sincerely desirous of promoting the same under, and 
with your Hon rs 

Kingston May Samuel Fifield ^ Q om tee 

the 21* day 1754 Ebenezer Stevens I for ^ 

Elisha Swett f p 

Jeremy Webster J 
15 



226 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Forfeited Lots Granted to Town Proprietors,. 1758.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 6, 1758.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth March 6 th 1758 — Monday five of y e 
New Hampshire \ Clock afternoon — at the house of James Stoodly 
Innholder — The Proprietors meet according to Adjournment — 

Whereas the said proprietors on the 25 th day of October 1749 
Granted their Right to a Certain Tract of land Containing the Extent 
and Quantity of Six miles Square the bounds of which are Particu- 
larly set forth in said Grant To Ebenezer Stevens Esq r Jedediah Phil- 
brick and others therein named on Certain Conditions Limitations and 
Reservations as may more particularly appear by Reference to 
said Grant, among which Reservations is this viz* that every one of 
the said Grantees who shall not comply with and perform the Several 
Terms and Conditions, according to the true Tenor & meaning of the 
same as expressed in the said Grant should forfeit his respective Right 
in the same Grant made, to the Grantors, as may more fully appear 
by the said Grant, and whereas the Grantees have Petitioned the said 
Proprietors to Grant to those of the said Grantees who shall have per- 
formed the said terms and Conditions, all such rights and shares afore- 
said, as are or shall be forfeited to them the said Grantors as afore- 
said therefore — 

Voted That all the said Rights Shares and parts thereof that are or 
shall be forfeited to the Grantors for the reasons aforesaid, all the 
right, property, Interest & Demand of the said Grantors of in and 
unto such forfeited rights and Shares and any and every part thereof 
are hereby Granted to Such of the said Grantees as have and shall do 
perform and Comply with the terms of said Grant to be determined 
by the majority of the said Grantees and disposed of as they shall 
agree and determine with this Limitation, that the said Grantees 
cause the same to be settled according to the tenor of said Grant 
within two years after the Indian Warr, shall be ended but in Default 
thereof the same shall revert to the said Proprietors as is Declared in 
jsaid above recited Grant — 



[ Votes of Town Proprietors, 1781-9.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 159.] 

June 1781 at an adjournment of a meeting of the Proprietors of 
Salisbury the 5 th article in the warrant was to See if the Proprietors 
will Choose a Committee to Settle the Bounderies of s d Salisburv with 



SALISBURY. 227 

Col.l Henry Gerrish who is Impowered By the Grantors to Settle the 
Same 

agreeable to the 5 th article in the above mentioned warrant Voted 
to Choose a Committee of three men to Join with Col.l Henry Gerrish 
to Perfix the Bounderies at the Western End of said Salisbury Pro- 
vided he Comes with authority from the Grantors to Settle and Per- 
fix the same Nextly Capt John Webster D n John Collins and Joseph 
Bean Esqr Chosen for the above Committee and the Meeting ad- 
journed 

at the adjournment the above Committee made a Report to the 
Meeting which is as follows (Viz) This may Certify the Gentle- 
men Proprietors of Salisbury that Col.l Gerrish Came to us with a 
Power of attourney that we Esteem Sufficient to settle the Bounderies 
at the western End of the Township of Salisbury and as it appeareth 
to us that there is a mistake in the Grantors in the Charters of Salis- 
bury and Andover Interfering one upon the other and also a mistake 
in the Grantees in Laying out their Lots beyond the Limits of Nine 
Miles from Meremack River, we think it best to Give up our Claims 
to the Land North of the Seventeen Degrees upon the North side upon 
their Confirming to us as far westerly as to take in all our Lands that 
is Lotted which we have Encouragement from s d Gerrish upon a 
straight line 

( in behalf 

Salisbury octr 9 th 1781 John Webster 1 of the _ 

( Committee 

the above Report being Read was Concur'd by a vote Provided the 
Grantors will Concur the Same 

John Collins Proprietors Clerk 

1789 at a Legal meeting of the Proprietors of Salisbury Voted that 
Joseph Bean Esq r Shall be the man to Perfix the boundaries at the 
western End of the Township of Salisbury if the Grantors will Settle 
the Same agreeable to the Proposals of the above Committee 

J Collins P rs Clerk 



[Letter from Henry Gerrish, 1801.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 160.] 

Boscawen May 5 th 1801 
S r I receiv d a Line from you in which was a Note of the Proprie- 
tors Moson Patten appoint g me an Agent in Behalf of Said Proprie- 
tors to Join with the Select men of Salisbury and Andover in Per- 



228 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ambulating & endavour to Establish the Lines between Said Towns 
and Kyasarge Gore I have Call d upon the Select men of Salisbury & 
as they never have run & established the Line nor bounds on the west 
end of Salisbury the Select thinks they are not authorised to run any 
new line to perambulate those heretofore run but rather thinks it 
belongs to their Proprietors Committee the Committee thinks as I 
was only authorized to Join with the Select men that I am not author- 
ised to settle the bounds & line with them — Now if your Propritor 
Shall think proper to authorise me or any other person to Join with 
their Proprietors Committee the will attend the Business 

I am your very Hemble Servant 

Henry Gerrish 
George Jaffray Esq r to be Communicated to the Proprietors 



SANBORNTON. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors. Dec. 31, 1748, to John Sanborn, of 
Hampton, and others, and called Sanborntown. This territory was previously 
mentioned as First Township. Incorporated as Sanbornton March 1, 1770. San- 
bornton Bridge was set off and incorporated as Tilton June 30, 1869. Part of Tilton 
was annexed to Sanbornton July 1, 1870, and parts of Sanbornton were annexed to 
Tilton July 1, 1870, and July 3, 1872. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
755; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 392; Index to Laws, 488; Historical 
Sketch, 3, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 351 ; sketch, Hurd's His- 
tory of Belknap County, 1885, p. 893 ; History, by M. T. Runnels, 2 vols, 188 1-2 ; 
Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles, by Parker Pillsbury, 1883, p. 105; Baptist 
Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 9, 18, 22 ; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 507.] 



[Names of Petitioners for Sanbornton.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 149.] 

The first town 

Those of hampton frainses mason Those of Exeter 

John Samborn Samuel Harde aron Rawlins 

John Derbon Jonathan Crosbe Chister Jonath fogg 

Thomas Blake Thomas Rawlins Jonath Robinson 

Daniel Sandburn Joseph Hoite Josiah Robinson 

Daniel Sandburn junr Joseph Hoite junr william Sandburn 

Edward Shaw william Tompson John fogg 



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229 



John Taylor 
Jeremiah Sandburn 
Daniel Keley 
Jabez Sandburn 
Abraham Sandburn 
Simon Drake 
Ebenezer Sandburn 
Nathan Longfoler 
Jonath Sandburn 
Jonath Shaw 
Marstian Sandburn 

Those of Stratham 
Joseph Smith 
Josiah Smith 



Paul Ladd 
Caleb Rawlins 
Joseph Juett 
Joshua Rawlins 
Joseph Smith junr 
Benja mason 
Daveid Stephens 
Jonathan Chase 
Thomas Chase 
John wadligh 
Jonathan Rawlins 
Edward Taylor 
william Chase 
Chase Taylor 



Seth fogg 
Jonath Longfalor 
Samuel fogg 
Jethro person 
Joseph Rawlins 
Josiah Sandburn 
John Rawlins 
Jonath Robinson 
Jonath Corly 
Josiah Rawlins 
John Hopkinson 
Johua Rawlins 
Josiah fogg 
Josiah Sandburn 



[Bounds and Conditions of Settlement of Sanbornton and Meredith^] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 161.] 

Memerrandom Gentell men plese to Consider on these amoment y* 
is we Desiere that If you Should grant us the Land in to townships 
we pray it may be l ly bounded as followeth that is Begining at the 
Crocth winepossockey R and pemisegwassat Rivers and So Roning up 
s d pemisegwasot River About five miles and one half to a mapel tree 
standing by S d pemisegwasot River about sixty Rods above the mouth 
of Smiths River So Cold S rt Smiths river being on the southwest side 
of pemisegwasot River s d mapel tree markt thus JS: JR:SF: JP 
and B : for bounds and 1748 on s d tree 2 1 * riming no : 55 Degrees Est 
six miles and one half to Beech tree markt J R: JS: S F: JP: 
with B : 1748 and thence 3 ly Runing South thirty five Degrees E st 4 
mils and 20 rods till it strikes the grate bav of winneposockey River 
To a hamLock tree markt JR: JS: J P : *S F : B: 1748 4 ly thence 
Roning on s d bay and winnepossockey River to the Bounds first men- 
sioned — 

the above is the Bounds of the first town — 

Now for the Bownds of the Second town — 

py Begining at the n: o: Conner Bownds of the first town at the 
afore s d Beech markt OS: JJ: JS: DC: JR: JS: JP: SF: 
B 1748 thence no : 35 Degres west one mile to a mapel tree markt 
thus OS: JJ: JS: DC: B: 1748 thence roning north 55 Degrees 
Est till it striks Winepossockey Pond to a white Oke tree markt thus 



23O CHARTER RECORDS. 

OS: J J: J S : DC: B thence Runing by the afore s d Pond till it 
comes to the River winnepsackey then with S d River till it Striks 
the grate Bay : thence Runing no : 55 Degrees west to a hemLock 
tree Standing by the grate bay which is markt with Leters J R : J S : 
J P S F : B for Bownds and'leters OS: JJ: JS: DC: 1748 and 
from thence to the Beech tree which is the no conner of the first 
town 

Conditions of Settelment after the Land is given or granted to the 
second township — 

l ly that thir be a suatable and Convenant Plase with 20 : ackers of 
Land measured out and Left for incorragment in part to him or them 
that will build a sawmill first — 

and that their be six akers of Land Left in the most Convenant 
plase for a Senter Square s d six akers to be cleared by the proprioters 
for to seta meeting house and a School hous on and for a buring place 
s d six akers never to be fenced or incombred aney other way than 
afore s d and if any person incroach there on the Survaryers of high- 
ways to clear the same as in cases of highways 

2 nd ly that the Land be Laid out in two Divisions and drawn for at 
2 Draughts but before aney is Drown for one Lot is to be chosen out 
for the pasnege by some meat parsons apointed by the propriaters of 
s d town the afore s d work to be Done with in one year after the 
Granting of s d Land 

3 rd ly that the Propriaters Clear a bayey or horse way from the sen- 
tar Squar to the nearst and most conveaniantest Plase to meat the 
propriaters way that the propriaters of the south town shall clear 
and that the propriaters of the first and second towns be at Equal 
Cost in Clearing the way most Best for Eich towns transporting to 
salt water 

4 ly that there be a saw mill fit to saw bult in three years from give- 
ing or granting s d Land and that the oners of of s d mill shall saw the 
propriaters Logs to the one half During the term of seven years after 
s d grants 

5 ly that the propriaters Clear and make a road for Carteing to the 
nereest and best plase till they met with the propriaters of the first 
town and then to be at an Eaqual proportison Eich town namly the 
first and seccond towns to the salt water 

S d way to be cleared within four years from the giveing or granting 
S d Land 

6 ly tha Each Propriator buld one house 14 feet wide and 18 fiet 
Long and A chimney (over and Above s d house and Clear and plant 
or Sow three akers of Land on his owen Right with in Eight years 
from the giveing or granting s d Land — 






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231 



7 ly that the propriators build a meeting house fit to preach in within 
ten years from the giveing s d Land 

8 ly that the propriators meet on the first thursday in april anualley to 
Chouse a clark and assersors to asses and a colecter or collecters to 
Collect such some or somes of money as shall be voted to be Raised 
by the mager of the propriaters at any meetings and that the colecter 
or colecters after he or thay have Res d his or their Lists from the 
asesors Shall notify Each man of the some Raised in his List and De- 
mand the same and the person or persons that Doth Refuse or neglect 
to pay the same for the Spase of 30 days after notis is given then the 
asesrs or the mager part of them to give under their hands to the col- 
lecter what parte of that s d proprioters Land shall be sold at a publick 
vandue by the Collector for to pay s d tax and cost and s d collecters Deed 
Shall be Sufficiant against any proprioter or oner what so Ever and 
that the over plush if any their be Shall be retornd to the owener by 
the Colecter and s d Collecter to give 14 Days notes to the Clark of s d 
proprioty before the day of sail of the time and place to be Entred in 
the Clarks offis and after the Sail to make aretorn of what is Sold and 
to who to the Clarks office and s d Clark to Enter what is Sold and to 
who and to give coppeys theirof to the asesoL's in the month of apriel 
Anualley) these conditions ware voted by the second sioety and to be 
sent by the agent or agents 

test Jos : Rawlins Clark 
of the Second Sociaty 



[Bounds of Sanbomton.~] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 162.] 

the Boundareys of the first town as it is Laid out and Bounded 
Begining at a hemlock tree by the Grate bay of winipesoakey River 
marked with the Leter B and spoted on four sides and with the first 
Leters of Each of the Commiteys names and the Date of the year 1748 
then Runing north 65 Degres west six miles to a beach marked on 
four sides then Runing South 55 deg rs west three mils and a Quarter 
or there abouts to Pemisawaset River then Runing south Easterly on 
s d River to the Croch wher winepisokey River Comes into Pemis- 
awaset River then Runing Easterly up s d winepisokey River to the 
Bay then by s d Bay to the Bounds first mentioned 



232 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Petition of Jeremiah Hubbard and Others.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 164.] 

Prov of New ) To the Hon 1 Theodore Atkinson Esq r & others Pur- 
Hampshire \ chasers & Proprietors of Masons Right so called — 
The Petition of y e Subscribers Humbly Shews — That Some Years 
ago & before they were apprised of y e Right that you & your Prede- 
cessors had to a large Tract of Land in y e Prov e aforesaid They Peti- 
tioned his Excellency y e Gov r & Hon 1 Council for a Township at a 
Place commonly called y e Crotch on y e Nothern Side of Winepissiokee 
River & which they had Some Incouragement to hope y e Gov r & 
Council would grant but being lately inform of your Right & Claim 
humbly & earnestly request that they may have a Grant of a Town- 
ship at y e Place aforesaid upon Such Terms & Conditions as you grant 
to other Inhabitants of this Province & as Speedily as shall be con- 
sistant with your Conveniency & your Petitioners as in Duty bound 
Shall ever Pray — 



Jermiah Hubbard 
Joshua Webster 
Char el Hun ton 
Benjamin french 
William Selaway 
Joseph hubbord 
Joel Judkin 
Benjamin Eastman 
Samuel Scrivenr 
Benjamin Webster 
John young 
benjamin Severance 
Samuel hunton 
Daniel young 
Timothv Eastman 



Richard Hubbard 
Joshua Brown 
Jonathan french 
william Sleeper 
Richard Tande 
Joseph Eastman 
David welch 
John Hubbard 
Robart barber 
Joseph Sleeper 
Jonathan young 
Isaac Clafford 
Caleb Towl 
Samuel Eastman 
Robart Swett 
William Lovering 



John loufkin 
Jeremiah Philbrick 
Samuel Webster ju 1 
Ebenezer Watson 
Benjamin Swett 
Samuel Welch 
John Nuton 
Joseph fellows 
Ephraim Severance 
Joseph Welch 
hezekiah young 
John dent 
David quimbe 
Davison Dudly 
William giilman 



[List of Names of Petitioners, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 165.] 

A List of the mens Names that Petitioned for a Township (by 
Richard hubbard and Daniel young) in the vear of our Lord 1748 

Dec r 8 th 



SANBORNTON. 



233 



Jeremiah hubbard 
Richard hubbard 
William Sleeper 
Timothy Eastman 
Benjamin Webster 
Benjamin Eastman 
Benjamin Severance 
Jonathan young 
Samuel hnnton 
Ebenezer Watson 
hezekiah young 
William Loverin 
Davison Dudly 
Samuel Scrivenor 
Caleb Towl 
Thomas Welch 
Jabez Peag 
Aaron Quimbe 
Edward Sleeper 



Samuel Eastman 
John hubbard 
Joel Judkins 
Joseph fellows 
William Gill man 
Joseph Welch 
Richard Tande 
Benjamin Swett 
Daniel young 
Benjamin french 
John young 
Jonathan french 
Ephraim Severance 
Charles hunton 
Samuel Welch 
Paul Sanborn 
William Clafford 
Elisha Towl 
Ebenezer Eastman 



David Quimbe 
Isaac Clafford 
John Lovekin 
Robart Swett 
Joshua webster 
David Welch 
John Nuton 
John Dente 
Joseph hubbard 
Joshua brown 
Robart barber 
Joseph Sleeper 
Samuel Webster ju r 
Jeremiah Philbrick 
Joseph Eastman 
John Clark 
Benjamin Selley 
Josiah hunton 



Kingston in the Province of New Hampshire 



[Proposals of Hubbard and Young, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 166.] 

The Preposals of Hubbord And young and Their associats As thay 
incline to Settle the town 

Kingston March the 28 th Annoq e Domini 1749 

Benjamin Swett 
Clark of the Society 

To The Honourable Theo r Adkinson Esq r and others (gentelmen) 
propriators of the mason Right. Honoured Sirs ; Whereas you have 
been pleased To ingage us a Township Laying on Pemachewosick 
river in this his Majestys province of New hampshire &C 

These Are therefore humbly to Intreat you to make us a grant of 
a township next too and adjoining on brown 8 Containing Six miles 
Square as the orders was we received of you to Lay oute ; as follow- 
eth viz firstly to sixty men Resvering To your selves Seventeen rights 
free from all Charge untill a ministor be Setteled or you Sell or Set- 
tel your rights and three rights more To be Desposed of thus, one to 
the first minister that We the Sixty men to Whom you make this 
grante Shall Call & settle with us — 



234 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the second to Lay a Personage for Ever — 

the third for the benifit of a school forever. 

The Sixty Rights Which is three quarters of the town to be hub- 
bords and youngs and their associates forever Provided we settle it in 
the following order viz — 

The first year after We have peace With our french and Indin 
Enemies To Lay out the Town in the fowllowing order firstly in the 
Centor to Lay oute a town squar of four acres and Lay oute all the 
Land in the town into three Divisions you gentlemen proprietors 
Takeing your Draught with us as your Lot shall fall 

the Second year af r s d peace to Clear a Carte way from the adjason 
town to the Cen r and Clear s d square the third year after s d peace to 
fall 4 acres of Trees on Each of the sixty rights which is ours the 
forth year after said peace to Clear Said 4 acres of trees which was 
fell the 5 th year after s d peace to build a saw mil] — the 7 th year after 
s d peace to build 20 houses of 16 feet square the 8 th year after s d peace 
to build 10 houses more the 9 th year after s d peace to settle 20 fam- 
ilies the 10 th year to settle 10 families more and the Eleventh year 
af r s d peace to raise a meeting house the 12 th year to finish it & have 
the Preaching of the gospel in it 

Resolved That the whole Tract of land for y e Township consisting 
of six miles square be laid out into one hundred shares — and y e Rights 
divided into three Divisions — 

That all y e Conditions of y e Grant be complyed with in eight years 
after a Peace with y e Indians 

the twenty shares Reserved to be at no Expence or charge of Set- 
tlement or other Town Charge till Settled or Disposed of by y e 
Grantors 

That the Grantees enter into a Covenant or Contract with y e Grant- 
ors for their faithfull Complvance with the Terms of their Grant 

April 5 th 1748 



[Charter of Sanhomton, 1748.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Dec. 31, 1748.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth December 31 st 1748 Saturday Eleven 
New Hampshire \ of the Clock before noon at the Dwelling house of 
Sarah Prust Widow — The Proprietors Meet according to Adjourn- 
ment — 

Voted That there be and hereby is granted unto John Samborn 
John Dearborn Thomas Blake Daniel Samborn Daniel Samborn jun r 



SANBORNTON. 235 

Edward Shaw John Taylor Jeremiah Samborn Daniel Kelly Jabez 
Samborn Abraham Samborn Simon Drake Ebenezer Samborn Nathan 
Longfellow Jonathan Samborn Jonathan Shaw Marston Samborn all 
of Hampton in said Province Aaron Rawlins Jonathan Fogg Jona- 
than Robinson Josiah Robinson William Samborn John Fogg Seth 
Fogg Jonathan Longfellow Samuel Fogg Jethro Pearson Joseph 
Rawlins Josiah Samborn John Rawlins Jonathan Corley Josiah Raw- 
lins John Hopkinson Joshua Rawlins Josiah Fogg Josiah Samborn 
Jon a Robinson all of Exeter in said Province Joseph Smith Josiah 
Smith Francis Marston Samuel Hardy Thomas Rawlins Joseph Hoit 
Joseph Hoit jun r William Thompson Paul Ladd Caleb Rawlins 
Joseph Jewit Joshua Rawlins Joseph Smith Jun r Benjamin Mason 
David Stephens Jonathan Chase Thomas Chase John Wadleigh Jona- 
athan Rawlins Edward Taylor William Chase Chase Taylor all of 
Stretham in said Province & Jonathan Crosby of Chester in said 
Province together with twenty other Persons hereafter to be named 
by said Proprietors in Equal Shares Excepting as hereafter herein 
Excepted on the Terms Conditions and Limitations herein after Ex- 
pressed all that tract of Land within the Province of New Hampshire 
Containing the Extent & Quantity of Six Miles Square Bounded as 
follows viz* Beginning at an Hemlock tree Standing by the great 
Bay of Winnespiseoky River marked with the Letter B. & Several 
other Letters & the Date of the Year 1748 & Spotted on four sides 
then running North Sixty five Degrees West Six Miles to a Beech 
tree marked on four sides then running South fifty five Degrees West 
to Pemigiwasset River then running as said River runs bounding on 
the same to the Crotch made by said Rivers thence Easterly up said 
Winnepiseoky River to the Bay aforesaid then by said Bay to the 
Tree first Mentioned where it begins. To have and to hold to them 
their heirs & assigns in Equal Shares Excepting as aforesaid on the 
following Terms Conditions & Limitations That is to Say That the 
whole Tract of Land within the Said Boundarys (Saving what is 
herein after mentioned to be otherwise Improved) be Divided into 
one hundred Shares or Rights & Each Share be Laid out into two 
Distinct Lots one of which to Contain One hundred acres & the 
other all the Land belonging to Each Respective Share. That the 
whole be so Laid out & the two Lots belonging to Each share be 
Numbred with the Same Number beginning with one & Ending 
with one hundred. That the said Land be so Laid out within One 
Year from the Granting thereof and then the Lots drawn for in the 
usual manner of Drawing for Lots of Land in such Cases and that 
this be done at Portsmouth in said Province under the Care & Direc- 
tion of the Proprietors aforesaid & so Done as to make but one Draft 



236 CHARTER RECORDS. 

to Each Share That one of the said Shares be for the first Minister 
of the Gospel who shall be Settled on the said Land & Continue 
there during his Life or untill he shall be Regularly Dismist to hold 
to him his Heirs & assigns. And one other of the said shares be for 
and towards the Support of the Gospel Ministry there forever and 
the hundred Acre Lott belonging to these two shares shall be Laid 
out as near the Place where the meeting house shall be built as may 
Conveniently be done & not to be drawn as the other Lots. That 
there be Six acres of Land left in Some Convenient Place within the 
said Boundaries for building a Meeting-house & school house upon 
making a Training field a Burying Place & for any other public use 
the Inhabitants there shall see Cause to make of it That Seventeen of 
the said shares be Reserved to the use of the said Proprietors the 
Grantors & their Heirs & assigns & one of the said Shares be for the 
use & Support of a School there forever. That the owners of the 
other Eighty Shares make a Regular Settlement there at their own 
Charge in the following Manner viz fc That Each Owner of the Said 
Eighty shares Build an house of Eighteen foot Long & fourteen foot 
wide or equal thereto upon Some Part of his land there & Clear three 
acres thereof fit for Tillage or mowing within Eight Years from the 
Granting the same as aforesaid And that the Said Owners Build a 
Meeting house there (upon the Land to be Left for that purpose as 
afores d ) fit for the Public worship of God for the use of the Inhabi- 
tants there within ten Years from the making this Grant and main- 
tain the Preaching of the Gospel there Constantly after twelve Years 
from that time That there be twenty Acres of Land Left in some 
Suitable place for a Privilege & Accommodation of a Saw Mill which 
shall be to him his Heirs & Assigns who will build Such a Mill with- 
in the time herein after Limited with the Privilege of the most Con- 
venient Stream & place for Doing the Same and in Consideration 
thereof for the benefit of the Inhabitants & Owners aforesaid the 
Owner or owners of such Mill Shall Saw the Loggs of the said 
Owners of the said Shares & other Inhabitants there to the halves for 
the term of ten Years next after the said Mill shall first work That 
whoever Shall appear & Undertake to Build said Mill shall perform 
the Same fit for Constant working within three Years from this time 
and if no Particular Person or Persons of the Owners of the said 
Shares or Such as the Majority of them shall permit to Do the Same 
will undertake to Build Such Mill as aforesaid then the Said Owners 
to do the Same at their General Expence & put the said Mill under 
Such a Regulation as that they & others Inhabiting there may be 
Seasonably & Reasonably Served by having Boards & other Timber 
Sawed which may be Necessary for building upon Said Granted 



SANBORNTON. 237 

Premises — That Each owner of the said Eighty shares pay to Such 
Person or Persons as the Major part of them Shall Chuse for that 
Purpose all such Sums of Money or Bills of Public Credit as the said 
Owners or the Major Part of them Shall Determine to be necessary 
from time to time, and as Occasion Shall Require to defray the 
Charges of Laying out said Land and other matters & things neces- 
sary to make a Settlement as aforesaid & performing the other Par- 
ticulars herein Enjoyned & Directed to be Done. That in Laying 
out the said Lots Care be taken to Sort them in Such a manner as to 
make the Shares as Equal as Possible That the lots be Laid out in 
Ranges where the Land will admit of it & Land Left between the 
Ranges for highways four Rods wide & between the Lots for ways of 
two Rods wide and that a Plan of the whole laying out be made at 
the Charge of the said owners & Return'd to the Grantors as soon as 
may be Done w tb Conveniency That the Seventeen Reserved Shares 
be Exonerated acquitted & fully Exempted from paying any Charge 
towards making the said Settlement and not held to the Conditions of 
the other Eighty shares nor Liable to any Tax or Assessment until 
Improved by the Respective Owners. That all White Pine Trees 
fit for his Majestys use for Masting the Rovall Navy be and hereby 
are Reserved and are hereby Granted to his Majesty his heirs & Suc- 
cessors for that Purpose. And in Case any of the Owners of the 
Said Eighty shares shall Refuse Neglect or Omit to perform & fully 
discharge any of the Conditions Articles Matters & things herein En- 
joined Directed & ordered to be Done by the said Grantors as afore- 
said he shall forfeit his Share & Right in the said Tract of Land & 
Every Part thereof to the said Grantors their Heirs & Assigns and it 
shall & may be Lawfull for them or any of them or any Person by 
their Order or the Order of the Major Part of them in their Name 
and Stead to Enter into & upon the Part or share of such Delinquent 
owner & him utterly thence to Amove oust Expel & Eject for the 
use of Said Grantors their Heirs & Assigns Provided Nevertheless & 
it is the true intent & meaning of the said Grantors in these Presents 
that Such forfieted Shares & Every & Each of them Shall not be Dis- 
charged by Such forfeiture from the Charge Burthen & Duty of Set- 
tling as aforesaid & performing all the Articles Matters & things here- 
in above Specefied for each Owner of the Shares afores d to do and 
the said Grantors in Case they shall hold Such forfeited Shares shall 
& will do & perform the same & in Case of granting them again will 
Enjoin & Oblige the Grantees so to do — And the said Grantors do 
hereby Ingage & promise to the said Grantees to defend them their 
Heirs & Assigns in the Possession of the said Granted premises 
against the Lawfull Claims of any Person or Persons Claiming by 



238 CHARTER RECORDS. 

any other title than the Grantors or that from whence theirs is de- 
rived with this Condition & Limitation that in Case of Eviction & 
Recovery against the said Grantees by any such Title that they Re- 
cover Nothing Over in Satisfaction of & from the said Grantors their 
Heirs Exec rs or Amin rs or any of them 

Provided there be no Indian war within any of the Terms & Limi- 
tations of time above mention 'd for perform 8 the said Articles & 
things afores d to be done & perform'd by any of the said Owners of 
y e s d Eighty shares and in Case that Should happen the same times 
to be allow'd for the Respective Matters afores d after Such Impedi- 
ment shall be Removed — 



[Report of Surveying Committee, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 167.] 

we the subscriber being A Commetee Chosen the twenty first of June 
1750 in order to lay outone hundred New lot to each proprioter In 
the town Granted to John Sanburn & oy rs in the crotch of y e River 
we proceeded Accordingly and laid out, Eighty, one hundred Acre 
lots, In four Ranges, Running from the great Bay South Seventy eight 
Degrees west to pigmisiwasock River and have marked & numbred the 
Lots as may be Seen in the plan which measures as follows (Viz) Each 
Lot is one hundred & Sixty Rod in Length & one hundred Rod in 
Breadth Excepting those that joyns the bay & River which may be 
found in the plan all the lots Runs North twelve Degrees west The 
high ways are Laid out four Rod wide betwixt the Ranges and also 
High ways between the Lots are two Rod wide as is mark d in the 
plan — The Center Square which Contains 6 Acres Lyes in the 
Seventy Six Lot which is for the first min r & in the Seventy Seventh 
which is the personage Lot Also we Alow twenty Acres out of the 
Sixty fifth Lot In A convenient place upon Salmon Brook for A miln 
Priviledge. 

• Samuel fogg ^ 

John Hopkinson I ^ , 

Seth Fogg f Commatee 

Daniel Samborn J 

Given under our hands at Exeter this 30 th of August 17*^0 

Jon a Longfellow Survayer 



[Plan 




mason !£&£&£* * ** Cr ° tCh ° f ™ ri ™* R ™ J 
ion £&£%£?£» t^ l iT U l0ngfa ' 0W SU| 
[Pencil note] The i* Division I take to be the 4 Ranges 



1752.] 




d to a number of Petitioners by the Purchasers of John Tuftin 

sion of lots and Daniel Samborn Survayor of y e Second devis- 

by Daniel Samborn 
2ach— the 2<* Divis all the remainder 



SANBORNTON. 



239 



[Report of Committee on Second Division^ 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 168.] 

We The Subscribers being A Commatee Chosen the twenty Sixth 
Day of October 1752 In Order to lay out the Second Division of Land 
of a town in the Crotch of merrneck Granted to John Sanburn & oyr s 
into 82 Lots and we proceeded and did Accordingly & laid them out 
as follows (Viz) Beginning at Pigmiswaswit River & laying three 
Ranges of lots joyning upon the North end of the first Division of lots 
Running from Peemigwaset River North Seventy Eight Degrees East 
Cross the Township with high ways four Rod in Breadth betwixt the 
Ranges & two Rods in breadth Betwixt the Lots The lots in length 
are three hundred & Sixty Rods and one hundred & thirteen in 
Breadth Excepting those that joyns to the Bay & River which Con- 
tents may be found by the plann, and the above mentioned three 
Ranges Contan fifty Seven Lots and then Laying out two Ranges of 
lots upon the South end of the first Division Lots Beginning at the 
great Bay the first lot Bordering & Belonging to the first Division 
Numb rd 82 the Lots joyning upon the first Division are two hundred 
& eighty Rod in lengh & one hundred and thirty Rods in Breadth 
these lots following being of Difrent width appears as follows (Viz 
82 nd Lot 180 Rod width 81 st 100 Rods the 80 th 104 Rod 79 th 108 Rod 
& the 78 & 77 & 76 & 75 & 74-are 110 Rod each and 73 d Lott is 100 
Rod & 72 nd 120 & 71 st are 184 in Breadth the high ways throughout 
the whole town Betwixt the Ranges are 4 Rod in width & Bettween 
the Lots are two Rods wide as will appear by the plann we find that 
there is an error in planning of the River which Cutts Short the 
Lower Range of lots joyning upon winnepisocky River we have Lft 
A Quantity of west land upon the North west End that is not yet 
Laid out in S d town as doth Appear by the plan which we Allow to 
make up Some Lots that falls Short of their measure and the 
Deficiency of Some Bad lots. 

Given under our hands at Exeter Nov r 26 th 1752 

Samuel fogg 
Jeremiah Samborn 
Samuel Hardie )>Commattee 

Abraham Samborn 
Seth Fogg J 

Daniel Samborn Survavor 



240 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Draft of Lots, 1753.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, pp. 169, 170, and Proprietors' Records, 
Vol. 6, p. 218, Vol. 7, p. 53.] 

Province of ) At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands 
New Hampshire J purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r in y e Pro- 
vince of New Hampshire held at Portsmouth Tuesday y e 13 th day of 
Feb y 1753 at y e House of Ann Slayton Innholder— the Draft of y e 
Lots in Tract of land granted to John Samborn & c 





Names drawn N° of Lot in first 


N° of Lot in 




Division S 


econd Division 


1- 


-Theodore Atkinson Esqu r 27 


42 


2 


Edward Taylor .... 5 . 


26 


3 


Jonathan Rawlins ... 8 . 


69 


4 


Jonathan Crosby ... 19 . 


32 


5 


Law Lot N° 2 . . . . 53 


81 


6 


William Samborn . . . 49 


19 


7 


Joshua Rawlins of Stretham . 6b 


6b 


8 


John Taylor .... 60 . 


74 


9 


Josiah Rawlins .... 74 . 


48 


10 


Francis Marston Deceas d . . 67 


63 


11 


Jonathan Chace Deceased 61 


73 


12 


Meserve Blanchard Green & March 34 


4 


13 


School Lot 52 


20 


14 


Chace Taylor .... 25 . 


13 


15 


John Thomlinson Esqu r . . 69 


61 


16 


Josiah Samborn .... 73 . 


5S 


17 


Benjamin Mason ... 82 . 


64 


18 


John Dearborn .... 63 . 


71 


19 


Dan 11 Samborn jun r ... 28 . 


10 


20 


John Hopkinson ... 1 


25 


21 


Law Lot N° 1 . . . . 11 


51 


22 


Samuel Hardy .... 50 . . 


41 


23 


Jethro Pearson .... 30 . . 


8 


24 


Jonathan Shaw .... 20 . 


33 


25 


Jotham Odiorne Esqu r Deceas'd his 






Right 64 


82 


26 


Jon a Robinson .... 37 . . 


1 


27 


Aaron Rawlins .... 78 . . 


46 


28 


Thomas Chace .... 14 . . 


54 


29 


Jonathan Fogg .... 45 . . 


17 


30 


Thomlinson & Mason 43 


14 



SANBORNTON. 




Jonathan Robinson 


7 


68 


Thomas Walingford Esqn r . 


66 


66 


Joseph Rawlins . 


12 


52 


Thomas Rawlins 


24 


37 


John Rindge 


9 


49 


Abraham Samborn 


23 


36 


Thomas Packer Esqu 1 


59 


75 


William Thompson 


32 


6 


Paul Ladd .... 


17 


29 


Mars ton Samborn 


62 


72 


Geo: JafTrey Esqu 1 ' 


57 


77 


John Samborn 


42 


40 


Simon Drake 


41 


39 


John Went worth jun 1 ' Esqu 1 


3 


23 


Joshua Peirce Esqu 1 ' . 


36 


2 


Mark Hunk g Wentworth Esq" 1 


18 


31 


Joseph Jewett 


16 


28 


John Moffatt Esqu r . 


56 


78 


Dan 11 Peirce Esq ur & Mary Moor 


46 


16 


Sam 11 Fogg .... 


70 


70 


Josiah Smith Deceas'd to his Rig 


ht 35 


3 


Sam 11 Solly & Clem* March Esqu r 


55 


79 


Nathan Longfellow 


39 


38 


Jeremiah Samborn 


58 


76 


Jonathan Corley . 


4 


43 


Jonathan Longfellow . 


80 


45 


Seth Fogg .... 


72 


59 


Edward Shaw .... 


21 


34 


John Wadley 


10 


50 


Jonathan Samborn 


47 


15 


David Stevens . . - . 


75 


47 


John Thomlinson Esqu r 


79 


22 


Jabez Samborn . 


6 


67 


William Chace . 


31 


7 


Josiah Robinson . 


29 


9 


Daniel Samborn . 


54 


80 


Richard Wibird Esqur 


38 


55 


Josiah Fogg 


26 


51 


Joseph Hoit 


51 


21 


Josiah Samborn . 


13 


53 


Caleb Rawlins 


.15 


27 


Joseph Smith 


44 


18 



241 



10 



242 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



73 Thomas Blake . 


22 


. ' 35 


74 Joseph Hoit jun r 


33 


5 


75 Joshua Rawlins of Exeter . 


48 


30 


76 Daniel Kelly 


40 


56 


77 Ebenezer Samborn 


68 


62 


78 John Rawlins 


81 


44 


79 Joseph Smith Jun r 


71 


60 


80 John Fogg 


2 


24 



The above Draft of y e foregoing Lots were drawn to y e names as 
above written under y e Care and Direction of said Proprietors pur- 
suant to a Plan Return'd by y e Grantees — 

Voted that y e above Draft be accepted accordingly 

Attest : Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs Clar : 



[Grant of Forfeited Lots to Town Proprietors, 17 63.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Nov. 29, 1763.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth November 29 th 1763 Tuesday five 
New Hampshire j of the Clock afternoon at the House of James 
Stoodly Innholder the Proprietors meet according to Adjournment — 

Whereas the Grantees of that Tract of Land Granted by said Pro- 
prietors to John Sandborn & others on the 31 st day of December 1748, 
have Represented that by the Charter, or vote made to them of said 
Tract the rights of such of the Grantees as shoud neglect to do their 
Duty with Regard to carrying on the Settlement agreeable to said 
Charter or Grant is forfeited to the said Proprietors or Grantors, 
which is found to be very Inconvenient for by the Death of many of 
the Grantees their Respective Shares, are Claim'd by many Coheirs 
who will Seldom agree to pay their Proportion of the Charge & Some- 
times Minors by that means are Interested who Cannot & Guardians 
will not pay the same which much retards the Settlement, And 
Whereas by Reason of the Late War the said Tract of Land is not 
yet Settled according to the Terms of said Grant but the Grantees 
are now proceeding with considerable Expedition, and as the Grant- 
ing of said forfeitures to the other Grantees, would much Expedite 
the said Settlement, therefore they Earnestly Requested the said Pro- 
prietors to Grant to them the said Grantees all of such forfeited Rights 
as are already Incurd, & Likewise all such of them as shall hereafter 
be forfeited & as the said Proprietors, have in many Instances by the 
Original Grant given such forfeited Rights to the other Grantees, 
which is found by experience best to answer the Design of the said 



SANBORNTON. 



243 



Proprietors the advancing the Settlements, therefore Voted That all 
the right of said Proprietors in and to such of said Rights in & to the 
said Tract of Land Granted to said Sandborn & others which have 
already incur'd the forfeiture thereof to the said Proprietors accord- 
ing to the Tenor & Terms of said Grant vote or Charter, be & hereby 
is Granted to the other of said Grantees who are carrying on & shall 
Settle said Tract of Land according to the Tenor of said Charter, And 
all the Right of said Proprietors to such of said Rights as shall be for- 
feited hereafter by the Terms aforesaid be & hereby is granted to the 
said Grantees as aforesaid — 

Provided nevertheless, and it is the true intent & meaning of this 
Grant, that the Grantees of said forfeited Rights Do fully cause the 
same to be Settled, according to the true Intent & meaning of said 
Charter otherwise the same shall be & Remain to the said Proprietors 
& their Heirs forever. 



[Plan of Peirce Lot, 1813.] 



." JiuhLc tfiqhHOJf lli raii 
/& 7-ods new waJl 



on kigAi 





Plan of Land in Sundiornlon Owned iy 
John Pence Esq- Conlainine yo -"p'sy 
Purvey d Dec '-/r/J 

-&y Joshua Lane - 



Ilk rods on land gfOAl Woodman , 

by Ca/Lt madman buuliy »a>/it,. 



'**. 
K 



land of Ca.pl JTToodman Ilk. rods 



244 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Certain Lots.'] 




y e one wi&en first Uiviiion 
there JTlayht ahoul 2& acres lo Lack Tiijhi EncUcive of y t mouri&ii 
Laxd. Down- Ay a. Scale of SO Guntcr Ckaba to an inck 



SANDWICH. 

[Granted Oct. 25, 1763, to Samuel Gilman, Jr., and others, and incorporated, 
Part of the town being mountainous and rocky, Sandwich Addition was granted 
Sept. 5, 1764. A committee was appointed Feb. 22, 1785, to fix the lines between 
Sandwich, Tamworth, and Moultonborough. Another committee was appointed 
Dec. 23, 1808, to establish the lines between Sandwich, Tamworth, Eaton, and 
Albany. The committee reported in favor of no change and the report was 
adopted. A small part of Waterville was annexed July 16, 1864. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes; XIII, Hammond Town 
Papers, 410; Index to Laws, 490; sketch, Fergusson's History of Carroll County, 
1889, p. 644: Stewards History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 162; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 587, 590; Stevens's Memorials of Methodism, 2d series, 
1852, p. 240; Black Mountain, by C. E. Fay, 1, Appalachia, 119.] 



[Letter of Jonathan Moulton, 1769.] 

[Mascmian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 171.] 

Gentlemen 

Maj r Folsom is now present, & tells me that the Meeting of 
Masons Proprietors stands adjournd to this Evening, & that they 
expect something will be done with Respect to the Settlement of the 
Lines between Moultonborough & Sandwich, which has long been dis- 
puted, But as the holy Providence of God, towards me, has been such 
as prevents my Attending this Meeting ; However as the Agreement, 
has been concluded & voted, heretofore; only the Proprietors tho't 
best to have the Lines run first, And as it is rum according to an 



SANDWICH. 



245 



Agreement I made with Maj r Folsom, I suppose, theres no Necessity 
of my being present, if it shou'd I beg the Meeting may be adjourn'd, 
again, for a Week or as long as may best suit the proprietors, which 
Time I will endeavour to attend — As for my Part I am very willing 
& content, that Sandwich Line shou'd be confirmed agreeable to my 
Agreement with them, provided that Masons Proprietors make an 
Allowance to me agreeable to their Promise, & am Gentlemen y r 
most Obedient & 

Very Hum 1 Serv fc 
Hampton March 29 th 1769 Jon a Moulton 

P. S. Unless some Restitution being made me I trust youl not make 
or Confirm any Grant of any Land, granted to Moultonb h to any other 
people 

To the Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq r 



[Surveyor's Report, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 172.] 

Wheras a Committee of the Proprietors of Moultonborough and a 
Committee of the Proprietors of Sandwich, did (by an Agreement in 
Writing dated January 13th 1769 by them interchangeably Signed) 
appoint us the Subscribers to Run the Line between said Moulton- 
borough and said Sandwich. These certify, that after being sworn to 
the faithful discharge of the trust reposed in us, we proceeded in man- 
ner following Viz : Begining at the possession Fence on the Southerly 
side of Richard Sinklers House in said Sandwich and nearest the 
same, and from thence run East on said Possession Fence two Miles 
and two hundred and twenty eight Rods to a Red Oak Tree at the 
South East Corner of said Sandwich, marked SSF. and then returned 
to the place begun at; and then run West Six Miles and eighty six 
Rods, which brought us to the East end of Holderness, and which 
makes eight Miles and three hundred & fourteen Rods from the said 
South East corner of said Sandwich to the East end of Holderness:— 
March 11th 1769. Jeremiah Lane Surveyor 

Hubartus Neal 
thomas Creighton Chan men 



246 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Agreement between Sandwich and MoultonborougJi, 1769.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 173.] 

Articles of Agreement made the 20 th Day of January One thousand 
Seven hundred & Sixty Nine by & between Jonathan Moulton of 
Hampton in the Province of New Hamp re Esq r for himself & behalf 
of the Proprietors of Moultonborough of the One part and Nath 1 Fol- 
some of Exeter in said Province Esq r for himself & in behalf the Pro- 
prietors of Sandwich of the other Part as follows Viz Whereas by an 
Agreement made the thirteenth of January Instant the Southern Line 
of the township of Sandwich & the Eastern Line of said township and 
the Northern & Western Boundary of said Moultonborrough are Set- 
tled only depending on an Actual Survey & Running Now these Pre- 
sents Witness that it is Mutually Agreed by said parties that any 
perticular Lots of Land Laid out in the right of the township of Sand- 
wich shall fall On the side of Moultonborrough or any part thereof so 
much Of said Lot as shall so fall or the whole if that shall be the Case 
Shall be Quitted to the proprietors of Sandwich if Such Lot is Not 
Appropriated or to the Perticular person or Persons if Appropriated 
as the Case shall require by said Moulton Or the Proprietors of Moul- 
tonborrough — 

If the right is vested in them at the Time this matter shall be acer- 
tained. And on the part of Sandwich they shall quit to Moulton the par- 
ticular Lot laid out to Enoch Poor & by him contracted with one Blan- 
chard for settlement if he shall purchase Blanchard's Right & make a 
settlement thereof by the first of Sep* next & complys with the Terms 
of Settlement so far as can be done by the first of Sep tr next & with 
the matter afterwards to be done And further that the Proprietors of 
Sandwich shall make a proper speedy Application to the Proprietors 
of Mason's Patent for a grant of all the Land within their Claim 
according to a Vote passed by the proprietors of said Patent the 19 th 
of this Instant. In Witness whereof the Parties have set their hands 
& seals the Day & Year above written — 

Witnesses Jon a Moulton 

Willi'm Parker Nath 1 Folsom 

Jn° Pickering 

A Copy Exam' 1 f W m Parker 



SHELBURNE. 



2 4 7 



[Petition of Nathaniel Folsom, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 174.] 

Province of ) To the Proprietors of Mason's Patent (So 
New Hampshire j called) in said Province — 

Humbly Shews Nathaniel Folsom of Exeter in said Province Ksq r 
Agent for the Proprietors of Sandwich in said Province, That, a 
Grant of said Sandwich from his Majesty Some Years past, was 
made to Your Petitioner and others (as by their Charter appears) 
That, they have caus'd Said Sandwich to be laid out, allotted and 
Settled more than twenty families thereon ; who have made large 
Improvements (presuming that said Grant did not interfere with 
said Patent) But by a more accurate Survey of the Curve Line of 
said Patent than was heretofore done, lately made by Robert Flesher 
Esq 1 ' and others a Plan whereof has been return'd ; it appears by com- 
paring the Same with Your Petit rs former Grant, that a considerable 
Part of said Sandwich falls within Said Patent and that the King was 
deceiv'd In his said Grant. Your Petitioner therefore in behalf of 
the Proprietors of Sandwich aforesaid Humby prays that they may 
be quieted in their Possessions in Consideration of the Industry and 
Expence in improving said Land And that a Grant of all that Part 
of Said Sandwich included within said Patent, (agreable to the Lines 
that have lately Settled between Said Sandwich and Moultonborough) 
may be made by your Propriet rs to Your Petitioner and others, upon 
Such Terms & Conditions of Settlement as you have usually done, but 
without any Reservation of Land And Your Petitioner as in Duty 
bound shall ever prav &c — 

January 27th A D*1769 Nath 11 Folsom 

Feb y 1 st 1769 - Rece' 1 & read y e above, to lay on file 

G : Jaffrey Prop 8 C 



SHELBURNE. 

[Granted May 3, 1769, to Mark Hunking Wentworth, Daniel Peirce, Daniel 
Rogers, and John, Daniel, Isaac, and Jotham Rindge. Half of the town was 
granted by them to Daniel Ingalls May 8, 1769. Shelburne Addition was granted 
Nov. 21, 1770. Incorporated as Shelburne Dec. 13, 1820. Shelburne Addition 
was incorporated by the name of Gorham June 18, 1836. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Pa- 
pers, 758 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 424; Index to Laws, 501 ; History, by 
Mrs. R. P. Peabody, pp. 127; sketch, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 
1888, p. 867 ; Willey's History of the White Mountains, 1870, p. 245 ; The White 
Mountains, A Guide to Their Interpretation, by J. H. W T ard, 1890, p. 100; Shel- 



248 CHARTER RECORDS. 

burne Moriah, by E. B. Cook, 3, Appalachia, 259; Baldcap Mountain, by Mrs. 

L. D. and M. M. Pychowska, 2, id., 121 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 
608.] 



\_G-rant of Half of Township to Daniel Ingalls, 1769.] 
[From Original Parchment in Masonian Papers.] 

Know all Men by these Presents that whereas his Excellency John 
Wentworth Esq r Governor and Commander in chief in & over his 
Majestys Province of New Hampshire by & with the advice of his 
Majesty's Council has been pleased to grant to Mark Hunking Went- 
worth Esq r Daniel Peirce Daniel Rogers Esq r M r John Rindge Mer- 
chant, Daniel Rindge & Isaac Rindge of Portsmouth in said Province 
Esq rs and M r Jotham Rindge of Wolfborough Yeoman and all Chil- 
dren, Heirs & legal Representitives of the Honorable John Rindge 
late of said Portsmouth Esq 1 ' deceased ; (as some Gratuity for the 
great Favours & Services of the said John Rindge did the said Pro- 
vince in his Life time) a Township or Tract of Land lying about 
eighty Miles from Portsmouth aforesaid on the dividing Line between 
the Province of New Hampshire & the Province of Main upon certain 
Considerations & Reservations as by the Charter of said Town dated 
the third day of May 1769, may more fully appear, Reference there- 
unto being had & is bounded as followeth viz beginning at a Hemlock 
Tree marked, standing in the Province Line about three Quarters of 
a Mile South of Little Amoroscogin River & from said Hemlock runs 
North eight Degrees East by the Needle on the Province Line six 
Miles to a Maple Tree mark'd & standing in the Province Line afore- 
said then turning off at right Angles & running North eighty-two De- 
grees West six Miles to a Beech Tree marked, then turning off at Right 
Angles & running South eight Degrees West six Miles to a Red Birch 
Tree marked, then turning off again at right Angles & runs South 
eighty-two Degrees East six Miles to the Hemlock Tree in the Pro- 
vince Line, began at. 

To Have and to Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed 
together with all Privileges & Appurtenances thereof to them & their 
respective Heirs & Assigns forever by the Name of Shelburne Now 
know ye that we the said Mark Hunking Wentworth, Daniel Peirce, 
Daniel Rogers, John Rindge, Daniel Rindge, Isaac Rindge & Jotham 
Rindge for & in consideration of the several Articles, Matters & 
Things herein after expressed to be performed & done by Daniel 
Ingalls of Andover in the County of Essex & in the Province of the 



SHELBURNE. 249 

Massachusetts Bay Gentleman Have given & granted & by these Pres- 
ents do give, grant & convey unto the said Daniel Ingalls his Heirs & 
Assigns for ever all our Right, Title, Interest, Property, Possession, 
Claim, Challenge & Demand whatsoever of in & to Thirty-two & half 
Sixty fourth Parts of the Land in said Shelburne after the Glebe Lot 
& the Land in the Center reserved by the Charter three Lots of Land 
of seventy-five Acres each of Upland & twenty-five Acres of Interval 
Land to each Lot one of which three Lots is hereby given & granted 
to the first settled Minister for his Encouragement & help in the Work 
of the Ministry there in fee Simple forever, provided he continues 
their in the Work of the Ministry during his Natural Life or until he 
be regularly dismissed according to the Usage & Custom of the Con- 
gregational Churches in New England immorality excepted, for in 
Case he should be dismissed for any immorality then the said Upland 
& Interval granted to him as aforesaid shall revert to the Grantors & 
Grantee to be by them disposed of to another Minister to be by them 
called & settled & to remain their Minister upon the Terms and Con- 
ditions before mentioned, And one other Lot of seventy five Acres of 
Upland & twenty five Acres of Interval Land is hereby given & 
granted for & towards the supporting of the Dissenting Ministry in 
the first Parish forever And the other of the said three reserved Lots 
of Land is hereby given & granted for & towards the Support of a 
Grammar School in the said Town for ever. The two Lots or Rights 
last mentioned to be & remain to and for the several Uses before men- 
tioned, never to be alienated dividided or diminished upon any Score 
or Pretence whatsoever. The said three Lots to be laid out as near 
the Center as they conveniently can be To Have & To Hold the said 
three reserved Lots on the Terms & for the Uses aforesaid & the said 
thirty-two & half sixty fourth Parts of said Town to him the said 
Daniel Ingalls & his Heirs & Assigns for ever on the following Terms 
& Conditions & not otherwise, viz. The then remaining Interval Land 
to be divided into sixty-four Lots equal in Quantity & Quality. The 
Upland to be divided as follows. — Sixty-four Lots of eighty or one 
hundred Acres (as shall be thought best upon Survey) to be nearly 
adjoyning the Interval for the first Division equal in Quantity & 
Quality. The remaining Part of the good Upland in sixty-four Lots 
for the second Division & all the remaining Upland to be laid out 
into sixty-four Lots for the third Division. The Lots in the several 
Divisions to be numbered & then to be drawn for: And the Expence 
of loting the Town out & making a Plan thereof to be paid for, one 
half by the Grantors the other half by the Grantee. The said Daniel 
Ingalls to draw thirty-two & one half whole Shares through the 
Town he engaging to settle thirty Families therein, ten within three 



25O CHARTER RECORDS. 

Years, the remaining twenty within six Years from the Date hereof 
with suitable Houses & Seven Acres of Land cleared by each Family 
& at the Expiration of the Time limitted for settling every Family 
that shall then be deficient shall forfeit his or her whole Share, which 
Right or Share shall revert to the Grantors: The Grantors hereby 
engaging to settle ten Families, three within three Years, the remain- 
ing seven within six Years with Houses suitable & Land cleared : And 
it is further covenanted & agreed by the Grantors & Grantee that the 
Interval Lots in the first Division be coupled before drawing. That 
the Lots are not to be drawn for but divided in the following Manner, 
the two Lots Number one & two to be drawn & then divided alter- 
nately the Grantors one, then the Grantee one. That the Lots be 
numbered on the one Side of the River first & then on the other. 
That the Expence of clearing the Road required by Charter be born 
one half by the Grantors & the other half by the Grantee. 

In Testimony whereof the said Mark Hunking Wentworth, Daniel 
Peirce, Daniel Rogers, John Rindge, Daniel Rindge, Isaac Rindge & 
Jotham Rindge have hereunto set our Hands & Seals this eighth Day 
of May in the ninth Year of his Majesty's Reign Annoque Domini 
Seventeen hundred & sixty-nine. And we Elizabeth the Wife of the 
said Mark Hunking Wentworth, Mehitable the Wife of said Daniel 
Rogers, Olive the Wife of said Daniel Rindge, Sarah the Wife of said 
Isaac Rindge & Sarah the Wife of said Jotham Rindge do for the 
Consideration before mentioned, hereby give, grant & relinquish all 
our Right of Dower & Power of Thirds of in & to the before granted 
Premises to him the said Daniel Ingalls his Heirs & Assigns for 
ever. ' 

In Testimony whereof we also have hereunto set our Hands & Seals 
this eighth Day of May seventeen hundred & sixty-nine. 



Mark H Wentworth 


[seal] 


Jotham Rindge 


[seal] 


D Peirce 


[seal] 


Sarah Rindge 


[seal] 


Daniel Rogers 


[seal] 


Eliza Wentworth 


[seal] 


Jn° Rindge 


[seal] 


M eh e table Rogers 


[seal] 


Daniel Rindge 


[seal] 


Olive Rindge 


[seal] 


Is : Rindge 


[seal] 


Sarah Rindge 


[seal] 



Signed, Sealed & delivered in presence of : The Words Six Miles to 
a Maple Tree marked & standing in the Province Line also Daniel 
Rindge being first interlined 

Witnesses Present H Wentworth 

Joseph Peirce 



SHELBURNE 



251 



Prov e of ) Portsm May 8 th 1769 Then mark Hanking Went- 
New Hamp r j worth Esq r & Elizabeth his wife Daniel Peirce Daniel 
Rogers Esq rs mehitabel his wife John Rindge Daniel Rindge Esq r & 
olive his wife M r Isaac Rindge & Sarah his wife appeared and 
Acknowledged the above instrument by them Subscribed to be their 
Free Act & Deed & also Jotham Rindge & Sarah his wife — 

Before H Wentworth Just s Peace 



Prov e of New Hampsh 1 ' 

Received 8 th May 1769 & Recorded Li 

Exam'd — 



98. Fol. 32. 

D Peirce Reed 1 



[Plan of Shelburne.~] 



W «s 'At „?i U 







252 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Shelburne, 180.3.] 



c j;t>? j yl'°lL 




SHELBURNE. 

[Plan of Shelburne.'] 



253 




2 54 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



The upland and Interval lots on this [north] side are coupeled as 
follows Viz* 



N ( 



1 


Int v 


with 


N°29 


2 


d° 


d° 


28 


3 


d° 


d° 


27 


4 


d° 


d° 


25 


5 


d° 


d° 


23 


6 


d° 


d° 


22 


7 


d° 


d° 


21 


8 


d° 


d° 


20 


9 


d° 


d° 


24 


10 


d° 


d° 


19 


11 


d° 


d° 


32 


12 


d° 


d° 


33 


13 


d° 


d° 


17 


14 


d° 


d° 


18 


15 


d° 


d° 


15 


16 


d° 


d° 


14 


17 


d° 


d° 


13 


18 


d° 


d° 


11 


19 


d° 


d° 


12 


20 


d° 


d° 


10 


21 


d° 


d° 


9 


22 


d° 


d° 


8 


23 


d° 


d° 


5 


24 


d° 


d° 


7 


25 


d° 


d° 


2 


26 


u 


u 


3 


27 


u 


u 


30 


28 


u 


ct 


26 


29 


U 


u 


06 


30 


<( 


u 


04 


31 


on long d° ) 
Island ( 


1 



Upl ( 



16 Upl d is appropriated to the Mills. 



The upland and Interval lots on this [south] side the River are 

coupeled as follows Viz 1 

N° 1 Int v lotw th N° 1 
d° 4 



Int v lotw th 
d° d° 

d° d° 
d° d° 
d° d° 



d° 



7 
36 



Upl d lot— 
d° 
d° 
d° 
d° 



SHELBURNE. 



255 



6 d° d° 8 d° 

7 d° d° 3 d° 

8 d° d° 9 d° 

9 d° d° 15 d° 

10 d° d° 10 d° 

11 d° d° 11 d° 

12 d° d° 12 d° 

13 d° d° 13 d° 

14 d° d° 18 d° 

15 d° d° 14 d° 

16 d° d° 16 d° 

17 d° d° 17 d° 

18 d° d° 19 d° 

19 d° d° 20 d° 

20 d° d° 31 d° on the other side 

21 d° d° 5 d° 

22 d° d° 29 d° 

00 i io i Blank N° not surveyed but 
\ when surveyed will be N° 37 

24 d° d° 21 d° 

25 d° d° 22 d° 

26 d° d° 23 d° 

27 d° d° 24 d° 

28 d° d° 25 d° 

29 d° d° 26 d° 

30 d° d° 27 d° 

31 d° d° 28 d° 

32 d° d° 30 d° 

33 d° d° 31 d° 

34 d° d° 32 d° 

35 d° d° 33 d° 

36 d° d° 34 d° 

37 d° d° 35 d° 

2 d° is by agreement with 

the Proprietors to be assign'd to Interval lots N° 13 & 14 on the 
opposite side to compensate for the damage done said Interval lots by 
laying the Mill lot — 

To the Proprietors of the Town of Shelburne Gentlemen, 
Here is the return of my work in consequence of my agreement 
with you on the 24 th of February 1787 

Joseph Frye Junior. 

N. B — Where you see the lines between drawn whole, there is 



256 CHARTER RECORDS. 

allowance of land for a Road four rods wide ; likiwise there is allow- 
ance of land for a Road up and down the River on each side where it 
may be found most convenient thro' the Lots — 



SOCIETY LAND. 

[This tract of land originally comprised all the territory now included in the 
towns of Deering, Antrim, Hancock, Bennington, Francestown, and the north part 
of Greenfield. The name probably arose from the fact that this territory was not 
granted in townships, but was reserved and divided equally among the members of 
the "society 11 or syndicate of proprietors of the Masonian Patent. The name 
Cumberland was also sometimes applied to it. 

Francestown was the first town in the Society Land district to be incorporated. 
This was done June 8, 1772, and New Boston Addition was included within its 
lines. Then followed Deering, Jan. 17, 1774; Antrim, March 22, 1777; and 
Hancock, Nov. 5, 1779. These towns covered the entire tract except a small piece 
in the southern part, and this was combined with Lyndeborough Gore and enough 
of Peterborough and Lyndeborough to make a small township, and incorporated as 
Greenfield June 15, 1 791 . Bennington was composed of parts of Greenfield, 
Francestown, Deering, and Hancock, and was incorporated Dec. 15, 1842. It 
lies nearly in the centre of the original Society Land.] 



[Petition of Peter Prescott and Others, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 176.] 

To the Proprietors of y e Right of John Tufton Mason Esq r in y e 
Province of New Hampshire — 

Gentlemen — 

Wee the Subscribers and associates to y e Nomber of One Hundred 
being Desireous of Removing into this Province and Making Settle- 
ment of Some of y e waste, within your Patent, applyed our Selves to 
The Hon'ble Joseph Blanchard Esq who Encouraged us to Succeed 
in our Desires If Two Towns could be found Capable of Settlement 
within the Line of Towns by you Authorized for him to Grant, Where- 
upon at a Considerable Expence we have Made Search and find y* on 
that Line further then is already Granted, is not Capable of Settle- 
ment, unless Some Stragling Farms. But Still Desireous to pursue 
our first Intentions, Could there be a place had, capable of Making a 
Good Settlement in time, have made Inquiry, & at Present hear y fc 
there is a tract of Land Lying on y e East and adjoyning to Monad- 
nock N° 6 : and N° 7 : tho Something Broaken yet Probable to Make 



SOCIETY LAND. 



257 



a Settlement on for two Small Towns could we obtain a Grant on 
Reasonable Conditions (and inasmuch as Sundry of us had purchased 
before the Settlement of y e Province Line) Many Rights in y e New 
Towns Now fallen in this Province, with Expectation to Make Settle- 
ment had it not been for that Disappointment which for Charge and 
Purchase has Cost Sundry of us Much Mony which Reasons give us 
the freedom to ask at this time and are Ready on your Approving of 
our Request within Nine Months after y e Grant to Allot out the 
whole Land Granted Ready to Draw the Lotts and Settle in Each 
Town Thirty famelys within two years after y e Grant and the Remain- 
ing Fourty famelys in Such reasonable time afterwards as you Shall 
Direct. — And in as much as y e Distance & Expence of Travil is Such 
y* must attend our Personal application, Desire that this our request 
may be offered by y e Aboves a Joseph Blanchard on our behalf, and 
that you will favour us with an answer by him And beleive us to be 
Sincere in our application and Give Leave to Subscribe our Selves 
Gent n 

Your very Humble Serv ts 

Peter Prescott 
John Fox 

Stephen Hosmer Ju r 
Charles Bulkeley 
[Endorsed] Rece d May 28 th 1752 



[Vote for Survey of Society Land, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 177, and Proprietors' Records, May 29, 

1752.] 

Voted that Joseph Blanchard Esq r be and hereby is desired author- 
ize! and Impowered by himself or such others as he shall think 
proper to Employ to take a survey of the lands hereafter described 
viz fc bounded westerly on the Manadnock N° six and N° seven Northerly 
upon y e south line of y e line of Towns so called Easterly upon weares 
Town and New Boston Southerly upon Salem Canada Peterborough 
and Monadnock N° three and make Enquiry into the nature and situ- 
ation of the same and in what manner the same may in the best man- 
ner be divided into fifteen equal shares for quantity and quality and 
whether it is best for the whole to be divided at once or part thereof 
first and the rest afterwards and make report thereof to the proprie- 
tors as soon as may be and that the Cost thereof be paid by the 
proprietors — 
17 



258 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[ Vote for Dividing Society Land, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 178, and Proprietors' Records, Nov. 8, 

1752.] 

Province of ) At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands pur- 
New Hamp r \ chased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 within the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire held at Portsmouth in said Province the 8 th 
day of November 1752 by adjournment. 

Voted That Coll Joseph Blanchard Esq 1 be & hereby is desired 
and impowered to divide & lay out, or cause to be laid out into fif- 
teen equal Shares, all that Land on Contoocook River between the 
place called Key's his farm, on the North & the great Falls so called, 
against the Crotched Mountain so called, on the South, in the 
following Manner viz 1 The Interval Land to be equally Divided for 
Quantity & Quality & so much upland adjoining, or Contiguous to 
each Share, laid out as to make up the Quantity of five hundred 
Acres to each Share, that is where the Land is not so good, to add so 
much in Quantity as shall be equal to five hundred Acres of the best; 
and that all the rest of the Land comprehended within the following 
bounds Viz* Westerly on the Manadnock N° 6 & N° 7 Northerly on 
the South line of the line of towns so called, Easterly on Wear's town, 
New Boston & Southerly on Salem Canada Peterborough & Manad- 
nock N° 3 be divided into fifteen equal Shares for Quality, only the 
Mountains to be left as a Common. — 

Copy of Record Examin'd f3 Geo: Jaflrey Prop rs Cle: 



[Grant of Lot to Joseph Blanchard, 1753.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 179, and Proprietors' Records, Jan. 3, 

1753.] 

Province of ) At a Meeting of the Proprietors of Lands pur- 
New Hampshire \ chased of John Tufton Mason Esq r in the Province 
of New Hampshire, held by adjournment at Portsmouth, on Wednes- 
day January 3 d 1753 — 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq r for the service of this propriety 
has been hindred of much time and been at considerable expence, for 
which he has not been sufficiently rewarded, And as a full Satisfaction 
Therefore Voted — 

That there be, and hereby is granted unto the said Joseph Blan- 
chard Esq r his heirs and assigns, all the right and title, of this Pro- 



qjvo os CMoj; fo s-urj gyj Jo su-ij ^nog ^VZ 







258 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Vote for Dividing Society Land, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 178, and Proprietors' Records, Nov. 8, 

1752.] 

Province of ) At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands pur- 
New Hamp 1 ' \ chased of John Tufton Mason Esq r within the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire held at Portsmouth in said Province the 8 th 
day of November 1752 by adjournment. 

Voted That Coll Joseph Blanchard Esq 1 ' be & hereby is desired 
and impowered to divide & lay out, or cause to be laid out into fif- 
teen equal Shares, all that Land on Contoocook River between the 
place called Key's his farm, on the North & the great Falls so called, 
against the Crotched Mountain so called, on the South, in the 
following Manner viz* The Interval Land to be equally Divided for 
Quantity & Quality & so much upland adjoining, or Contiguous to 
each Share, laid out as to make up the Quantity of five hundred 
Acres to each Share, that is where the Land is not so good, to add so 
much in Quantity as shall be equal to five hundred Acres of the best ; 
and that all the rest of the Land comprehended within the following 
bounds Viz* Westerly on the Manadnock N° 6 & N° 7 Northerly on 
the South line of the line of towns so called, Easterly on Wear's town, 
New Boston & Southerly on Salem Canada Peterborough & Manad- 
nock N° 3 be divided into fifteen equal Shares for Quality, only the 
Mountains to be left as a Common. — 

Copy of Record Examin'd f Geo: Jaffrey Prop rs Cle: 



[G?°ant of Lot to Joseph Blanchard, 1753.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 179, and Proprietors' Records, Jan. 3, 

1753.] 

Province of ) At a Meeting of the Proprietors of Lands pur- 
New Hampshire \ chased of John Tufton Mason Esq r in the Province 
of New Hampshire, held by adjournment at Portsmouth, on Wednes- 
day January 3 d 1753— 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq r for the service of this propriety 
has been hindred of much time and been at considerable expence, for 
which he has not been sufficiently rewarded, And as a full Satisfaction 
Therefore Voted — 

That there be, and hereby is granted unto the said Joseph Blan- 
chard Esq r his heirs and assigns, all the right and title, of this Pro- 



{Plan of Society Land, 1753.] 




This Plan of the Royal Society Lands copied from a survey originally taken by Robert Fletcher Esq- John Parker jun' 

Portsmouth May 1778 

Pursuant ,0 the Request & Desire of Col' Blanchard Esq. I have laid ou, into fifteen Equal shares all that Laud on Contoocook River between the place called Keyshis Farm on the North & the great Falls so ^''^X^and'tvl.e're'lhe 

untain on the South n .he f..ll , ■ n, .,„,.•, (Vu,. The In.c.val Laud dueled f.,r . .., ,nt,tv .V ■ >., din »«« 1,1,,,,, , qual shares & so much upland a.ljovning as to make up the quantity ol ,vc huedied J, o each si , u c . c 

ulc, < I I t I ' L k V. ,1 , „ ,1 

„:.,ed »,•.!, , ,. S , „ ,-r which Numbers are fro n o„. to fifteen. And all the L ,„d co norehended within the foil „»: bounds (V, , Westerly on Uenadnock Number „.x it Number - n N.uthe 1 on th. Son 1, 

.11. lied h.st.ri We, re's Town and New boston-Southerly on Salem Canada and Peterborough is Divided into fifteen equal shares lo, liualil; und^ numbr.d one h'.""^- ' '^'"^ ,,'.■.''', ,e.h'l shares beme, on the East side 

it side of Contooiook River joining to Peterborough North line, And the number of said shares succeed in order to Number seven. Northwardly L 

the River. Number eie.hl on the Last side of Contoociok Rive, adjov ning upon the North Line of Peterborough West of New boston. And the nil 



The first Number of said shares licgimng , 
1 Line of the Line of Towns, And the other Eightshares being on the Ea 
. other shares suceeri Northerly to the said South Line of the line of Towns. 



Robert Hetcher Surveyer 
Geo : Jaffrey Prop™ CI : 






SOCIETY LAND. 



259 



priety unto five hundred acres of Land in that tract called the Royal 
Society Land so as not to infringe on that part on Contoocook river, 
ordered to be laid out for the fifteen Proprietors of five hundred acres 
each. 

Provided he cause the same to be laid out in a regular form, and 
return a plan thereof to this propriety in such season as not to hinder 
the pursuing the division of the remainder of the Royal Society Land. 

The above is a true Copy from the records of the Proprietors of 
Masons Patent (so Called) 

Attest, Jeremiah Libbey Prop rs clerk 

Portsmouth February 4 th 1805 



[Draft of Lots, 1753.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Oct. 17, 1753, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 7, p. 180.] 

M r Robert Fletcher having agreable to a Vote of this Propriety of 
y e 8 th November 1752, by the Direction of Joseph Blanchard Esqu r 
Surveyed and divided the Tract of Land lying Westerly on the Man- 
adnocks N° 6, & N° 7, northerly on the South line of the Line of 
Towns so called Easterly on Wear's Town & New Boston Southerly 
on Salem Cannada Peterborough & Manadnock N° 3, and having this 
day returned his Plan of Said Survey therein particularly describing 
the Several lines of the Several Divisions and the Same having been 
laid before the Proprietors at this Meeting 

Voted — That the Said Plan and the Several Divisions therein by 
the Several lines described be and hereby is approved & accepted and 
to Ascertain the Said Several Divisions to the Respective Proprietors 
in Severalty, — Therefore 

Voted that the Same be drawn for im'ediately in one Draft, by 
Lott, and that when So drawn for, that each Proprietor be and here- 
by is entituled in Severalty, to the Lots (being of y e two Divisions) 
drawn by, or to him, agreable to the Several Numbers as entered on 
Said Plan, — 

Pursuant to the next preceeding Vote The Draft of Lots of the 
Divisions in the Tract of land described in said Vote, are drawn for, 
to Said Proprietors as follow's — viz* 
1 st drawn Lots N° 13— To M r John Rindge 

2 5— To Dan 11 Peirce Esqu r & Mary Moore 

3 11 — To John Thomlinson & John Tufton Mason 

Esqu rs 



260 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



4 
5 

6 

7 

8 

9 

10 

11 

12 

13 
14 
15 



12 — To Thomas Packer Esqu r 

4 — To JohnWentworth Esqu r 
15_To Richard Wibird Esqu r 

9 — To the Right of Jotham Odiorne Esqu r Dece d 
14 — To Theodore Atkinson Esqn 1 * — 

1 — To Mark Hunking Wentworth Esqu r 

2— To Samuel Solly & Clement March Esqu rs 

6 — To George Jaffrey Esqu r 

8 — To Nath 11 Meserve Joseph Bl an chard Esqu rs 
m r Joseph Green & Paul March — 

8— To Thomas Wallingford Esqu r 

7— To John Moffatt Esqu r 
10 — To Joshua Peirce Esqu r 



[Request for Roads, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 181.] 

Sossciety Land Sept r 4 th A D 1772 
To The Hounrahal Gentelmen the Lord propriators of Said Land in 
the West Side of Contoocook River A Petion Humbley Shewing — 

That Whereas a Road is much Wanted from Hillsbourg Through 
s d Land To pettersboru on the Westrley Side of the River Allso from 
Francestown To Limreck With other Nessecery Rods Much Wanted 
Which Will Advance Your Land and Accomadet the Inhabetents 
Wee Being Unable to Acomplish Sai d Roads Wee Therfore begs Your 
Honehors to Assist Your Willing but Yet Weak peapol Wee propose 
To Work at S d Roads for Four Shilling f Day and find our Selves 
Wee propose To Work as many Dayes as We Severly Subscribe as 



witness our nanus roc 
Sam 1 Moore 


roc 

6 


Days 


John Duncan 


6 


James Dickey 


12 




Alexander Jameson 


8 


William Smith 


11 




James Duncan 


5 


his 

Sam 1 Morrison 


5 




John Green 


6 


mark 










his 










John -\ — f- Gorden 


6 




James Aiken 


8 


mark 










Joseph Boyd 


7 




Robert Boyd 


5 


John Moor 


6 




Randel Alexander 


6 


John m e Cleary 


6 




John Stuart 


6 


Thomas Nichols 


12 


Oays 







SOCIETY LAND. 261 

[Petition of Inhabitants, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 181.] 

Province of ^ To the Proprieters of the Claim of John Tufton 
New Hampshire I mason Esq 1 ' — 

County of f The Petition of us the Subscribers Being Inhabi- 

Hilsborough J tants and Purchers of part of the Society Land 
Humbly Desire your Honours To send a Surveyer or Commitee To 
Perambelat or run The Lines of Said Land as the Plan of Said Land 
and the Corners and Lines Donot Agree and as some of the Inhabi- 
tants Has Settled agreable to the Plan and others acording to the 
Lines which appears to make a great Confution and Prevent Your 
Petitioners of makeing any more improvement untill there is some 
Proper measures taken there being Daily Incroachments making on 
Different parts of the Society Land Causes us to Beleive that your 
Honnours Complience herewith will very much Serve your Intrest 
Incoredg the Settlement of the Wilderness and afford your Humble 
Petitioners Releif in our Distresed Conditions and we as in Duty 
Bound Shall ever Pray — 

Francestown November the 29 1773 

John Quigly Samul Nickols Thomas Quigly 

Tho s : Aiken Hugh IVPYumery Thomas Nichols 

John Dunkon Denuel Nicoles William Quigly 

Adam Nicoles John Dickey James Hopkens 

Thomas Quigly Jun r Robort Hopkens James Dunken 

Robort Fulton John Dinsmoor 



[Petition for Bridge, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 7, p. 182.] 

October y e 12 th 1774 
To the Honorable The Lord Proprietors of the Society Land So 
called A petition Humbly Shewing that Whereas a Number having 
begun to make Settelments on the West side of Contookook River 
have been at great cost Clearning a Road from Francess Town line 
over S d River thro' No 5 N. W. cosing No 7 & 9 & 10 thro the great 
right to the mills on Esq 1 ' Jaffrey 5 Lot also from No. 5 West thro' the 
great Right No 3 to Limrick Road it being the Straight course betwixt 
the County Towns from Amharst to No. 4 Crossing near the Center 
of S d land A bridge is absolutly Needed at that place as it is about 



262 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



half way betwixt Petersbofrough and Hillsborrough and will best Sute 
the publick & the major part of the inhabetents and advance your 
intrests It belonging wholly to the few Setlers to build s d Bridge we 
depend upon your generous assistance to enable us without appression 
to Compleat the Same 

This is the earnst request of your Petitioners 



William Smith 
Joseph Boyd 
William Anderson 
James Aiken Jun r 
James Gormon 
John Aiken 
George Duncan Jun r 
William Betty 
Abiel Upton 
William Severns 
John Duncan 
William Duncan 
James Duncan Jun r 
James Neysmith 
Daniel Miltimor 
Samuel Gregg jun r 
John Cochran 
James Gregg Jun r 
Robert Macfarland 
Samuel Taylor 
George Moor Jun r 
Isaac Butterfield 
John Hunter 
George Duncan Ackw 
Jonathan French D° 



James Aiken 
Robert Anderson 
William Gregg 
George Gregg 
John Archibald 
Henry Parkinson 
Jonathan Adams 
Thomas Craig 
Jacob Basford 
Charles Cooe 
George Duncan 
William Duncan jun r 
Daniel Macmillan 
Benjamin Gregg 
John Gregg 
Rober Dinsmoor 
Matthew Dickey 
John Mackeen 
John Mackeen Jun r 
David Mackeen 
John Hall 
William Miltimor 
William Clark of Ackworth 
th John Duncan Ditto 
John Marsh 



John Duncan 
John Anderson 
Archibald Macmurphy 
Joseph Gregg 
John Mack ay 
Robert Macmurphy 
David Brewster 
William Adams 
Andrew Todd 
Jonathan Reed 
John Duncan Jun r 
Abraham Duncan 
Isaac Brewster 
James Miltimor 
Samuel Gregg 
James Gregg 
Alexander Huchinson 
Thomas Christy 
Robert Mackeen 
George Moor 
Isaac Cochran 
Robert Adams 



[Endorsed] Feb y 22 To lay for farther Consideration 






STODDARD. 



SOMERSWORTH 



263 



[Set off from Dover as a parish Dec. 19, 1729, but not entirely separated and 
incorporated until April 22, 1754. Rollinsford was set off and incorporated July 3, 
1849. Somersworth was incorporated as a city Feb. 24, 1893. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 760 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 506 ; papers 
under title Dover ; Index to Laws, 509 ; sketch, Hurd's History of Strafford County, 
1882, p. 680 ; Names of First Settlers, 3, Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 
39; sermon at dedication of new Universalist Meeting-House, by J. P. Atkinson, 
with address by T. F. King, 1833, pp. 23 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 
1862, pp. 252, 375 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 
20; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 345; Historical Sketch, by W. D. 
Knapp, in first city report, 1894 ; same in pamphlet.] 

[For votes and petition of Somersworth and Dover men, see Wakefield papers. 
—Ed.] 



STODDARD. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors May 10, 1752, to Col. Sampson Stoddard 
and others, and known as Monadnock No. 7, and Limerick. The charter was 
renewed Nov. 4, 1767. Incorporated as Stoddard Nov. 4, 1774* and named in 
honor of Col. Stoddard. The southwest corner was combined with portions of 
Gilsum, Keene, and Nelson to form the town of Sullivan, Sept. 27, 1787. That 
part of Stoddard included in the limits of Marlow and Gilsum was restored to Stod- 
dard June 21, 1797. A part of the town was annexed to Nelson June 25, 1835. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
552; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 455; Index to Laws, 523; sketch, Hurd's 
History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 331 ; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire 
County, 1885, p. 381 ; Biographical Notices of Physicians, 1, N. H. Repository, 
134; "Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 289.] 



[Charter of Stoddard, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 1, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 123.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power And Authority Granted 

New Hamp r ) And vested in me by the Prop rs of Lands Pur- 

chassed of John Tufton Mason Esq in S d Province of New Hamp* by 

their vote passed At their meeting held at Portsmouth in s' 1 Province 

y e 6 day of December A D. 1751 — 



264 CHARTER RECORDS. 

I do by these presents on the Conditions & Limitations with the 
Reservations hereafter expressed give and grant unto the Severall 
persons hereafter named the Severall Proportions of Rights unto 
them Respectively mentioned vid* to Coll Sampson Stoddard twenty 
Shares to the Reverend M r Thomas Parker four Shares to Thomas 
Read And Joseph Read two Shares to John Varnum Eight Shares to 
Reuben Kidder Eight Shares to Thomas Read Jun r two Shares to 
James Dunn two Shares to Benjamin Hoar two Shares to Thomas 
Spalding four Shares to Peter Powers Six Shares to Benj a Farley 
two Shares to William Blodget two Shares to Hugh Willson two 
Shares to Robert Fletcher And Hugh Willson two Shares One Half 
each to Daniel Stickney two Shares to John Butterfield two Shares to 
Joseph Eayers two Shares to Andrew Spalding and Benjamin Fassett 
two Shares one half each to Samuel Stevens two Shares to Josiah 
Willard One Share to John Chamberlain two Shares to Nathaniel 
Richardson two Shares to Ebenezer Peirce & Josiah Fisk two Shares 
to Joseph Spalding two Shares And One Share for the Priviledge and 
Encouragement of Building mills to be disposed of by the Grantees to 
Robert Fletcher Seven Shares to John Varnam & Robert Fletcher 
One Share in Equal Halves All the Right title Interest property 
And possession of the prop rs afores d the Grantors, of in And to all 
that tract of Land or township Called Manadnock Nomber Seven in 
the Province afores d Containing About Six miles two Hundred 
And Ninety rods Square, or of those Contents Bounded Southerly 
On the township Called Manadnock Nomber Six Westerly on the 
line Called the Patent line Else Where on the Unappropriated lands 
of the Grantors Begining at the North west Corner of Nomber Six 
Afores d at the afores d Patent line from thence riming northerly by S d 
Patent line Seven miles to a Stake and Stones from thence South 
Eighty Degrees East Seven miles to a Beach tree marked from thence 
South twenty One degrees west two miles to a Stake & Stons from 
thence South fifteen degrees West five miles to a Stake in a pond 
Called Rye pond in the line of Nomber Six Afores d from thence North 
Eighty degrees west Seven miles by S d Nomber Six to the Bounds first 
Mentioned, To Have And To Hold to them their Heirs And Assigns 
on the following terms and Conditions with the Reservations that is 
to Say that the Whole tract of Land afores d be Divided into One 
Hundred And thirty Equall Shares And that Each Share Contain 
three lotts Equitably Coupled together And Drawn for Att Dun- 
stable at or before the last day of January next that three of the 
Afores d Shares be granted And Appropriated free of all Charge One 
for the first Settled minister One for the Ministry and One for the 
School there forever 



STODDARD. 265 

That Twenty of the afores d Shares be And hereby Are Reserved to 
And for the Use of the Grantors their Heirs And Assigns forever. 
Acquitted and Clere of all Such Charges as has or Shall Arise in 
Bringing forward the Settlement untill Improved by them or Some 
holding under them Respectively 

That all the lotts of Grantors And Grantees be Subject to have all 
necessary Roads Lay'd thrO them As there Shall be Occasion for the 
future without any pay or allowance. 

that there be ten Settlements made in the township afores' 1 by 
the Following Grantees vid fc Sampson Stoddard One James Dun One 
Andrew Spalding and Benjamin Fassett One Reuben Kidder two 
Thomas Spaulding two Samuel Stevens One John Butterfield One 
Nathaniel Richardson one in the following Manner viz 1 that On or 
before the last day of may 1755 there be for Each of the afores' 1 Set- 
tlements two Acres Cleared Inclosed & fitted for mowing or tillage on 
Some one Right Each and a Comfortable Dwellinghouse built And 
finished by that time and by them Selves or Some Other Person In 
their Stead on Each Settlement Inhabit there And to Continue 
Inhabitancy there for five Years then next Ensuing, and for each of 
the S d Settlements two Acres Annually to be Cleared Inclosed And 
fitted as Afores d from the S d last of may 1755 for three Years then 
Next Coming 

Also that there be ten more Settlements made in the township 
afores d at or before the last day of may 1756 by the Following Gran- 
tees that is to Say by Daniel Stickney One by John Chamberlain 
One Reuben Kidder One Benjamin Hoar One Thomas Read & 
Joseph Read One Joseph Eayers One Eben r Peirce and Josiah Fisk 
One Hugh Willson One Benjamin Farley One Thomas Read Jun r 
One And that there be for the S d ten Settlements each two Acres 
Clered Inclosed And fitted As afores' 1 And a house as afores' 1 Built 
And Fitted as afores' 1 And by them Selves or Some Other Person for 
Each Settlement Resident there for four Years then next Coming the 
whole of Each Duty to be done on Some one Right belonging to the 
Respective Grantees afores d And next Afterwards Annually on Each 
Right Whereon the Respective Settlements afores' 1 Shall be made to 
Clere Inclose & fitt as afores' 1 two Acres more for three Years then 
next Coming 

Also that there be ten more Settlements made in Said Township at 
or before the last day of may 1757 by the following Grantees viz 1 
Sampson Stoddard four Peter* Powers two the Reverend M r Thomas 
Parker two Tho s Parker Jun r one Hugh Willson & Robert Fletcher 
one And that there be for the S d ten Settlements On the Respective 
lotts where on they are made, each two Acres Clered Inclosed and 



266 CHARTER RECORDS. 

fitted As afores' 1 And On Each a House Built as afores d And by them 
selves or Some Other Person in their Stead on Each Settlement Con- 
tinue Residence there for three Years then Next Com'ing the Whole 
of each Settlement to be done on Some one Right Only Belonging to 
the Respective Grantees afores d And Next Afterwards Annually on 
Each Right Whereon the Respective Settlements afores d Shall be 
made, there be Clered Inclosed And fitted As afores d two Acres more 
for three Years then Next Coming 

Also that there be ten more Settlements made in S d Township att 
or before the last day of may 1758 by the Following Grantees viz* 
Sampson Stoddard three Mathew Thornton three John Varnam two 
Reuben Kidder One William Blodget One and that there be for said 
ten Settlements (each) two Acres Clered Inclosed and fitted As 
af ores' 1 And a house Built as af ores' 1 And by themselves or Some 
Other Person in their Stead, for such Settlement Continue Residency 
there for two Years then next Coming the whole of each Respective 
Duty to be done On Some one Share Belonging to the S d Grantee his 
Respective part, and next afterwards Annually On Each Share Where 
S d Settlement Shall be made two Acres be Clered Inclosed And 
Fitted as afores d 

That the afores d Grantees or their Assigns by a Major vote in a 
Publick meeting Called for that purpose Grant And Assess Such 
Sums as they Shall think necessary for Carrying forward and Com- 
pleating the Settlement afores d And Any of the Grantees afores d ex- 
clusive of the three publick Rights afores d Who shall neglect, for the 
Space of two months then Next after Such Assessment Shall be made 
And posted up at Such place and Places as Shall be Appointed for 
Notifying Prop rs meetings so much of Such Deliquents Right or 
Rights, Shall or may be Sold As will pay the tax And all Charges 
Arising thereon by a Com'ittee of Nondeliquent Grantees Appointed 
for that purpose, 

And in Case Any of the Grantees Shall Neglect or Refuse to Per- 
form Any of the Articles Matters And things afores d to be done by 
him Respectively he Shall Forfeit Two of his or their Shares And 
Rights in S d Township and every part thereof for each Delinquency 
of a Right in Duty to those of the Grantees that Shall have Complyed 
with the Conditions on their part And it Shall & may be Lawfull for 
them or Any Person in their Name and by their Authority to Enter 
into And upon Such Delinquents Right or Rights As before Specified 
to be forfeited and him to Amove Oust And Expell, for the Use of S d 
Grantees their Heirs And Assigns Provided they Settle or Cause to 
be Settled each Such Delinquent Right or Rights within one Year at 
the furthest that is by this Instrument Stipulated to be done as the 



STODDARD. 267 

Conditions of this Grant And fully discharge And Comply with the 
whole duty Such Delinquent & Delinquents Ought to nave done 
within One Year After the Severall Periods thereof And in Case the 
s d Grantees fullfilliiig their part as afores d Shall Neglect fullfilling as 
afores d the duty of any Delinquent Owner nor he himself Perform it 
As afores d that then Such Share or Shares Shall be forfeit Revert 
And Belong to the Grantors their Heirs & Assigns and to be Wholly 
at their Disposall Always provided there be no Indian War Within 
Any of the terms Limitted as afores d for doing the duty Conditioned 
in this Grant to be done and in Case that Should Happen the Same 
time to be Allowed for the Respective matters And things afores' 1 
After Such Impediment Shall be Removed Also that all White pine 
trees fitt for masting his majestys Ryall Navy be And hereby Are 
Granted unto his Majesty his heirs & Successors forever Lastly the S d 
Grantors do hereby promis to the S d Grantees their heirs And 
Assigns to defend through the Law to King and Councill if need be 
One Action that Shall And may be brought Against any person or 
number of persons Claiming the Township or any part thereof by any 
Other Tittle than that of the S d Grantors or that by Which they hold 
And Derive theirs from provided the S d Grantors Are avouched in to 
Defend the Same And that in Case of finall tryall the Same Shall be 
Recovered Against the Grantors the S d Grantees Shall Recover noth- 
ing Over Against the Grantors for the S d Lands Improvements & 

epence in Bringing forward the Settlement Afores d In Testimony 

Whereof I Joseph Blanchard Agent for the Prop 18 afores d And On 
Their Behalf have here unto Sett my hand And Seal this tenth day of 
may 1752 And in the 26 th Year of his majestys Reign 

Signed Sealed and Joseph Blanchard [Seal] 

Delivered In presence of 

Daniel Moor 

Sarah Blanchard 

John Varnum Propriators Cler 



268 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Draft of Lots, 1753.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 2, and Proprietors' Records, Vol, 6, p. 130.] 



<4H C2 

is 

<U <L> 

fg, 

3 o 
55 d, 


Names of y e Proprietors 


CO 

O 



a 







O 


c 


i 


Col Sampson Stoddard 


17 


5 


17 


IO 


16 


10 


2 


Daniel Stickney . 






18 


5 


18 


10 


15 


10 


3 


Ebenzer Peirce 






l 9 


5 


24 


9 


20 


5 


4 


Thomas Parker Jun r 






1 


7 


14 


11 


8 





5 


Cap* John Chamberlain . 






2 


7 


18 


2 


24 


5 


6 


James Dun . 






3 


7 


26 


1 


22 


4 


7 


Tho s Wallingsford Esq r 






4 


7 


24 





25 





8 


Marth Thorontn . 






5 


7 


22 


3 


23 


2 


9 


Ministrey 






6 


7 


13 


3 


14 


3 


10 


Col Sampson Stodard . 






7 


7 


*9 


8 


II 


12 


ii 


Thomas Paccker Esq r . 






8 


7 


28 


12 


16 


13 


12 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






9 


7 


23 


1 1 


23 





13 


Benjamin Fasset . 






10 


7 


9 


1 


20 





14 


John Varnam 






11 


7 


24 


3 


26 





J 5 


Col Joseph Blanchard Esq r 






12 


7 


28 


1 1 


17 


12 


16 


Rever d Thomas Parker . 






13 


7 


• 27 


12 


18 


12 


17 


Reuben Kidder 






14 


7 


21 


5 


I9 


12 


18 


Tho s Spaulding 






15 


7 


22 


5 


21 


4 


J 9 


Thomas Reed Esq r 






16 


7 


25 


12 


26 


4 


20 


Daniel Stickney 






17 


7 


l 5 





24 


1 


21 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






18 


7 


26 


12 


25 


4 


22 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






19 


7 


25 


5 


27 





23 


Benj a Farley 






20 


7 


24 


2 


20 


1 


24 


Joseph Spaulding . 






21 


7 


23 


1 


28 





25 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






22 


7 


27 


1 


25 


2 


26 


Minister 






23 


7 


2 


3 


8 


3 


27 


Cap n Peter Powers 






24 


7 


6 


3 


19 


4 


28 


Col. Nath 11 Meserve Esq r and 


others 




25 


7 





4 


6 


4 


29 


Joseph Eayers 






26 


7 


17 


3 


11 


4 


30 


Marthow Thorontn Esq r 






27 


7 


23 


5 


26 


2 


31 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






28 


7 


4 


4 


10 


4 


32 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






1 


8 


8 


4 


16 


i 


33 


Tho s Parker Jun r . 






2 


8 


9 


4 


17 


2 


34 


Mark Hunk n Wentworth Esq 


r 




3 


8 


10 


2 


17 





35 


William Parker Esq r 






4 


8 


14 


4 


13 


4 


36 


Reubin Kidder 






5 


8 


5 


2 


10 


1 


37 


Thomas Spaulding 






6 


8 


12 


2 


17 


1 


38 


Peter Powers 






7 


8 


1 


2 


12 


1 


39 


Joseph Eayers 






8 


8 


19 


1 


23 


4 


40 


Joshua Peirce 






9 


8 


12 


3 


7 


2 


4i 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






10 


8 


8 


2 


9 


2 


42 


Cap* Peter Powers 






11 


8 


13 


1 


14 






STODDARD. 



269 



Names of Proprietors 





OJ 




a; 




w 


bJO 


Cfl 


fcjQ 
c 


C/3 













a 





rt 


O 


J 


rS 


J 


V 


J 



bJO 

c 



Benjamin Farley 

Hugh Willson 

Reubin Kidder 

John Varnam 

Reuben Kidder 

John Rindge 

Peter Powers 

Marth Thoronton Esq r 

Thomas Parker Rever d 

Marth Livermore Esq 1- 

William Blotchet . 

John Varnam 

Samuel Stevens 

Benj a Hoar . 

Tho* Parker Jun* . 

Andrew Spaulding 

John Butterfield . 

Josiah Fisk . 

Col Sampson Stoddard 

John Varnam 

Col Sampson Stoddard 

William Blotchet 

Theodore Atkinson Esq r 

Robert Fletcher 

Samuel Stevens 

Tho 8 Reed Esq 1 

Col Sampson Stoddard 

John Moffatt Esq r 

James Dun . 

Jotham Oddiorne Esq r 

Col Sampson Stoddard 

Mill Right . 

Benjamin Hoar 

John Tuftin Mason & Tomlinson 

Marth Thoronton Esq r 

Reubin Kidder 

Col Sampson Stoddard 

Marth Thoronton Esq r 

John Butterfield . 

John Varnam 

Martho Thoronton Esq r 

Marth Thorontn Esq r 

Daniel Pierce & Mayson Esq r 

Hush Willson 



12 


8 


18 


4 


13 


8 


17 


4 


23 


8 


8 


12 


15 


8 


23 


3 


16 


8 


4 


3 


17 


8 


7 


4 


18 


8 


1 


3 


14 


8 


1 


1 


20 


8 


1 


4 


21 


8 


19 


1 1 


22 


8 


22 


1 1 


24 


8 


6 


10 


l6 


9 


9 


1 1 


25 


8 


5 


13 


26 


8 


17 


1 1 


27 


8 


6 


13 


28 


8 


1 


13 


I 


9 


3 


2 


2 


9 


13 


2 


3 


9 


10 


1 1 


4 


9 


15 


1 1 


15 


9 


20 


1 1 


6 


9 


5 


12 


7 


9 


3 


12 


8 


9 


13 


12 


9 


9 


7 


11 


10 


9 


3 


11 


11 


9 


2 


1 1 


12 


9 


4 


12 


13 


9 


24 


12 


14 


9 


2 


14 


5 


9 


13 


1 1 


14 


2 


9 


3 


17 


9 


1 


11 


18 


9 


7 


12 


19 


9 


2 2 


12 


20 


9 


18 


1 


21 


9 


27 


9 


1 


6 


5 


4 


2 


6 


5 


1 


3 


6 


19 





4 


6 


26 


5 


5 


6 


27 


4 


6 


6 


16 


4 



20 

15 

9 

1 1 

3 

24 

5 
2 

3 

21 

18 

4 

5 

8 



4 

6 

18 

12 

24 

6 

12 

14 
8 

4 
16 

6 
12 

1 
16 
10 

25 
2 

21 

22 

28 

4 
21 

27 
15 
12 



4 
3 

12 
10 
3 
4 
3 
1 

4 
1 1 
11 

13 
1 1 

13 
1 1 

13 
12 

2 

1 

13 
11 
11 
12 
12 
12 
11 
11 
3 

14 
13 
12 
11 

3 
1 1 

13 
12 

1 

9 

2 

1 

o 
5 
4 
4 



270 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



















1) <v 
§ FT 


Names of Proprietors 


C/3 


0) 


tn 




C/3 


fcJO 

a 


3 2 




O 


cz 


O 


(At 


O 


a 


££ 




J 


o£ 


J 


- 


H-! 


& 


87 


Tho s Reed Jun r . 


7 


6 


16 


2 


22 


2 


88 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






8 


6 


16 


O 


21 


I 


89 


Thomas Spaulding 






9 


6 


28 


5 


28 


4 


90 


John Wentworth Esq r 








10 


6 


26 


6 


27 


6 


9 1 


John Chamberlain 








1 1 


6 


28 


6 


21 


10 


92 


Joseph Spaulding . 








12 


6 


24 


10 


25 


10 


93 


John Varnam 








13 


6 


22 


10 


26 


10 


94 


Col Sampson Stoddard 








15 


6 


16 


12 


II 


13 


95 


School Right 








H 


6 


26 


11 


27 


11 


96 


Tho 8 Spaulding 








16 


6 


9 


" 13 


10 


13 


97 


Nath 11 Richardson 


-. 






17 


6 


3 


13 


14 


14 


98 


Robert Fletcher . 








18 


6 


13 


13 


14 


13 


99 


Col Sampson Stoddard 








19 


6 


15 


13 


17 


13 


100 


Robert Fletcher . 








20 


6 


25 


6 


12 





101 


Tho* Reed Jun r . 








21 


6 


22 





25 


1 


102 


Tho s Parker Jun r . 








22 


6 


14 


1 


15 


1 


103 


Tho 3 Parker Jun r . 








23 


6 


6 


2 


21 


2 


104 


Col Sampson Stoddard 








24 


6 


27 


2 


28 


2 


105 


Solley and March Esq 1 








1 


5 


1 


10 


2 


10 


106 


Cap 1 Peter Powers 








2 


5 


10 


10 


3 


14 


107 


Tho 8 Parker Jun r . 








3 


5 


7 


10 


11 


3 


108 


Hugh Willson 








4 


5 


5 


14 


8 


10 


109 


John Varnam 








5 


5 


20 


12 


10 


12 


1 10 


Richard Wybird Esq r 








6 


5 


3 


10 


4 


10 


in 


Georg Gaffrey Esq 1 








7 


5 


7 


14 


15 


12 


112 


Peter Powers 








8 


5 


9 


10 


23 


10 


JI 3 


Revr d Thomas Parker 








9 


5 


5 


10 


28 


10 


114 


Reuben Kidder 








10 


5 


20 


10 


23 


12 


IJ 5 


Reuben Kidder 








11 


5 


22 


9 


14 


10 


116 


Revr d Tho 8 Parker 








12 


5 


25 


9 


27 


10 


117 


Nath 11 Richardson . 








13 


5 


23 


9 


26 


9 


118 


Josiah Willard 








14 


5 


13 





9 





119 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






! J 5 


5 


13 


10 


19 


10 


120 


Col Sampson Stoddard 






16 


5 


8 


1 


3 


1 


121 


Marth Thorontn Esq r 






1 1 


11 


21 


13 


11 


2 


122 


John Varnam 






7 


3 


19 


13 


10 





!23 


Reuben Kidder 








12 


10 


20 


13 


8 


14 


124 


John Wentworth . 








18 


3 


19 


3 


28 


3 


125 


Robert Fletcher Jun 








21 


3 


19 


2 


22 


J 3 


126 


Robert Fletcher . 








20 


3 


20 


2 


23 


13 


127 


Robert Fletcher . 








26 


3 


1 1 


1 


25 


3 


128 


Robert Fletcher . 








27 


3 


28 


1 


28 


00 


I29 


Robert Fletcher . 








15 


2 


4 


14 


11 





130 


John Varnam & Rob* Fl 


etcher 






18 





7 


1 


27 


00 



STODDARD. 



271 



Dunstable January y e 2 tn 1753 

The Oregenal Schadule Exemined and Rectified by 

Robert Fletcher Clerk 
Dunstabl March 9 th 1753 
A Trew Copy Examined ^ 

John Varnum Propriators Cler 



[Plan of Stoddard, 1753.] 




1 !• I § I fi-.-®. S-3- 3 £ § s 2 g 



J}untiaMe January y? 2? IJS3. 
J\ Trew Cofijiy of a. Jilan of TUonaAnock 71--.J: 
Txkcn from y e oridcjina.ll T' ' Xohnt TUtcker Cltr 

DiLnstalle. March y e ' /<$ ipi. 
~n liew CoJiy Examined J2- John Tarnum Trofrizlors Cltr. 



[Acceptance of Charter, 1753.] 

TMasonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 3, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 
L ' 133.] 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq as Agent for and in y e Name & 
behalf of the Proprietors of y e Lands In y e Province of New Hamp- 
shir Purchased by them of John Tufton Mason Esq r Who Sold to 
them under the Title made by a Common Recovery: Did on y 10 
Day of may A : D : 1752 Grant y e Quantity of lorty Eight Square 



272 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Miles part of Said Lands Being the Contents of about Six miles 
Two Hundred and Ninety Rods Square. Bounded Southerly on y e 
Township Called Manadnock N° 6 : Westerly on the Line Called the 
Pattent Line : Else Where on unapropriated Lands of y e S d Grantors. 
Begining at y e Northwest Corner of s d N° 6 : At the S d Pattent Line 
and From thence Runing Northerly by S d Line Seven miles to a Stak 
& stones From thence Runing South Eighty Degrees east seven miles 
to a Beach tree: From thence South Twenty one Degrees West Two 
miles to a Stake In a pond Called the Rye pond : From thence Run- 
ing South 17 Degrees West five miles to a Heap of Stones In y e Line 
of s d N° 6 : from thence North Eighty Degrees West Seven miles To 
the Bounds first mentioned. — 

Under Certain Conditions Limitations & Reservations in S d Grant 
mentioned as by s d Grant Referance thereto Will fully appear. — 

unto Col Sampson Stoddard, y e Reverd M r Thomas Parker, Thos. 
Reed es r , Jos : Read Jn° Varnum Reubin Kidder Mathew Thornton, 
Thomas Parker Jun r Thomas Read Jun r James Dun, Benj a Hoar, 
Tho s Spaulding, Peter Powers, Benj a Farley W m Blodget Hugh 
Willson, Robert Fletcher Daniel Stickny John Butterfield Jos : Ayer 
Andrew Spaulding, Benj a Fasset, Samuel Stevens, Josiah Willard Jn° 
Chamberlain, Nathaniel Richardson Ebenezer Peirce Josiah Fisk Jos : 
Spaulding, 

Therefore Voted That we Do Hereby accept Said Title and for our 
Selves our Heirs and assignes Do acknowledge that We Do Hold Said 
Lands under S d Tittle Conditions and Limitations With the Reserva- 
tions therein mentioned 

Dunstable March y e 9 th 1753. 

A Trew Copy Examined ^ 

John Varnum Propriators Cler 



[Petition for Regrant, 1767.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 4.] 

Province of ) To the Proprietors of Land Claimd under John 

New Hamp r \ Tufton Mason Esq r Commonly Called Masons Grant 
or Patent, Octob r 8. 1767— 

The Petition of Col Sampson Stoddard & Jonathan Blanchard 
Humbly Shews, — 

That the Tract of Land Called Monad k N° 7. Granted In Your 
Right in the Year 1752 to Sundry Persons Named in the Grant the 



STODDARD. 



273 



Major part of Whose Claims were finally Vested In Your Petitioners, 
That as the Grantees were not Able to fulfill the Conditions of the 
Grant they must & Do hereby Acknowledge it is Justly forfeited 
according to the Terms & Conditions In Said Grant mention'd & 
therefore We Do (to avoid further Trouble) Surrender the Tract of 
Land & pi'ay that after You have Caused a Re-Entry & Resumption 
thereof to be made you woud be pleased to Grant Your Right Title 
& Demand in the Same to the Several Grantees Agreeable to a Sched- 
ule herewith Presented being Principally the same who Were named 
as Grantees aforesaid On such Terms & Conditions as You shall 
Judge Reasonable 

Sampson Stoddard 
Jon a Blanchard 

50 houses & settlem ts Were Enjoyned upon y e former Grantees in 
this Town 



[Schedule of Proprietors and Lots, 1767.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 5.] 



A List of the Names of the Prop 18 




0/ 

bJO 

G 




o 
bJO 

a 




bJO 
c 


of Monad k N° 7 . 

















Col Sampson Stoddard 


17 


5 


17 


10 


16 


10 


the Same 






18 


5 


18 


10 


15 


10 


Ebenezer Peirce . 








l 9 


5 


24 


9 


20 


5 


Col Stoddard 










7 


14 


1 1 


8 





John Chamberlain 








2 


7 


18 


2 


24 


5 


James Dun . 








3 


7 


26 


1 


24 


4 


Thomas Wallingford 








4 


7 


24 





25 





Matthew Thornton 








5 


7 


22 


3 


23 


2 


ministry 








6 


7 


13 


3 


14 


3 


Col° Stoddard 








7 


7 


19 


8 


11 


12 


Thomas Packer Esq r 








8 


7 


28 


12 


16 


13 


Col° Stoddard 








9 


7 


23 


1 1 


23 





the same 








10 


7 


9 


1 


20 





John Varnum Esq r 








1 1 


7 


24 


3 


26 





Jon a Blanchard 








12 


7 


28 


11 


17 


12 


Col Stoddard 








13 


7 


27 


12 


18 


12 


the Same 








14 


7 


21 


5 


19 


12 


the Same 








15 


7 


22 


5 


21 


4 


Thomas Reed Esqu 1 " 








16 


7 


25 


12 


26 


4 


Col° Stoddard 








17 


7 


15 





24 


1 


the Same 








18 


7 


26 


12 


25 


4 



18 



274 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



A List of the Names of the Prop rS 




<v 




he 






bJO 
C3 


of Monad k N° 7. 





03 





03 





rt 

& 


the Same ..... 


J 9 


7 


25 


5 


27 





Ebenezer Farley . 






20 


7 


24 


2 


20 


I 


Joseph Spaulding . 






21 


7 


23 


1 


28 


I 


Col Stoddard 






22 


7 


27 


1 


25 


2 


for the first minister 






2 3 


7 


2 


3 


8 


3 


Col Stoddard 






24 


7 


6 


3 


J 9 


3 


Nath 1 Meserve & Others 






2 5 


7 


2 


4 


6 


4 


Stephen Powers 






26 


7 


17 


3 


11 


4 


Matthew Thornton 






27 


7 


23 


5. 


26 


2 


Col Stoddard 






28 


7 


4 


4 


10 


4 


the Same 






1 


8 


8 


4 


16 


1 


the same 






2 


8 


9 


4 


17 


. 2 


Mark Hs Wentworth Esq r 






3 


8 


10 


2 


17 





William Parker Esq r 






4 


8 


14 


4 


13 


4 


Col Stoddard 






5 


8 


5 


2 


10 


1 


the Same 






6 


8 


12 


2 


17 


1 


Col Stoddard 






7 


8 


1 


2 


12 


1 


Stephen Powers 






8 


8 


19 


1 


23 


4 


Joshua Peirce Esq rs heirs 






9 


8 


12 


3 


7 


2 


Col Stoddard 






10 


8 


8 


2 


9 


2 


Roland Cotton Esq r 






1 1 


8 


13 


1 


14 





Benjamin Farley . 






12 


8 


18 


4 


20 


4 


Hugh Willson 






13 


8 


17 


4 


15 


3 


Nathaniel Cotton . 






2 3 


8 


8 


12 


9 


12 


John Varnum Esq r 






15 


8 


23 


3 


11 


10 


Col Stoddard 






16 


8 


4 


3 


3 


3 


John Rindge 






17 


8 


7 


4 


24 


4 


Roland Cotton Esq r 






18 


8 


1 


3 


5 


3 


Matthew Thornton Esq. 






14 


8 


1 


1 


2 


1 


Col Stoddard 






20 


8 


1 


4 


3 


4 


Matthew Livermore 






21 


8 


l 9 


11 


21 


11 


William Blodget . 






22 


8 


22 


11 


18 


11 


John Varnum Esqu r 






24 


8 


~6 


10 


4 


13 


Samuel Stevens 






16 


9 


9 


11 


5 


11 


Benjamin Hoar 






25 


8 


5 


3 


8 


13 


Col° Stoddard 






26 


8 


17 


11 


6 


11 


the Same 






27 


8 


6 


13 


7 


13 


Benjamin Butterfield 






28 


8 


1 


13 


2 


12 


Stephen Powers 






1 


9 


3 


2 


4 


2 


Col Stoddard 






2 


9 


l 3 


2 


6 


1 


the Same 






4 


9 


15 


1 1 


12 


11 


John Varnum Esq r 






3 


9 


10 


11 


18 


13 


William Blodget . 






15 


9 


20 


11 


24 


11 


Theodore Atkinson Esq r 






6 


9 


5 


12 


6 


12 


Rebecca Blanchard 






7 


9 


3 


12 


12 


12 


Samuel Stevens 






8 


9 


13 


12 


14 


12 



STODDARD. 








275 


A List of the Names of the Prop 1 " 8 








bJO 

c 




<v 
bo 

c 


of Monad k N° 7. 







2; 









Thomas Reed Esq r 


9 


9 


7 


II 


8 


II 


Col Stoddard .... 


10 


9 


3 


II 


4 


I I 


Samuel Moffatt .... 


11 


9 




II 


16 


3 


James Dun , 


12 


9 


4 


12 


6 


14 


heirs of Joth m Odiorne Esq r . 


13 


9 


24 


12 


12 


13 


Sampson Stoddard jun r . 


14 


9 


13 


5 


1 


12 


allow d for Building mills to be ) 






13 


n 


16 




Dispos'd off by the Grantees $ 


5 


9 


1 1 


Benjamin Hoar .... 


14 


2 


9 


3 


10 


3 


John Tufton Mason Esq ur 


17 


9 


1 


1 1 


25 


1 1 


Matthew Thornton Esq r 


18 


9 


7 


12 


2 


13 


Sampson Stoddard Jun r 


19 


9 


22 


12 


21 


12 


■Col Stoddard .... 


20 


9 


18 


1 


22 


1 


Matthew Thornton i^sq r 


21 


9 


27 


9 


28 


9 


Ephraim Spaulding Esq 1- 


1 


6 


5 


4 


2 


2 


John Varnum Esq r 


2 


6 


5 


1 


4 


1 


Matthew Thornton Esq r 


3 


6 


19 





21 





the Same ..... 


4 


6 


26 


5 


27 


5 


Daniel Peirce Esq r & the ) 


5 


6 


27 


4 


15 


4 


heirs of Mary Moor $ 


Hugh Willson .... 


6 


6 


16 


4 


12 


4 


Thomas Reed Jun r 


7 


6 


16 


2 


22 


2 


Col Stoddard .... 


8 


6 


16 





21 


1 


the Same ..... 


9 


6 


28 


5 


28 


4 


heirs of Jn° Wentworth Esq 1 " . 


10 


6 


26 


6 


27 


6 


John Chamberlain 


1 1 


6 


28 


6 


21 


10 


Joseph Spaulding .... 


12 


6 


24 


10 


25 


10 


John Varnum Esq r 


13 


6 


22 


10 


26 


10 


Vryling Stoddard .... 


15 


6 


16 


12 


1 1 


13 


for the School .... 


14 


6 


26 


11 


27 


11 


Vryling Stoddard .... 


16 


6 


9 


13 


10 


13 


heirs of Nath 1 Richardson 


17 


6 


3 


13 


1 


14 


Rebecca Blanchard 


18 


6 


13 


13 


14 


13 


Col Stoddard . . . • 


19 


6 


15 


13 


17 


13 


Rebecca Blanchard . . • 


20 


6 


25 


6 


12 





Thomas Reed Jun r 


21 


6 


7 





25 


1 


Col Stoddard .... 


22 


6 


14 


1 


15 


1 


Wid° Mary Parker of Litchfield 


23 


6 


6 


2 


21 


2 


Col Stoddard .... 


24 


6 


27 





28 


2 


Clement March Esq r &c ) 
Hancock & Lynds $ 


1 


5 


1 


10 


2 


10 












Roland Cotton .... 


2 


5 


10 


10 


3 


14 


Wid° Mary Parker of Litchfield 


3 


5 


7 


10 


1 1 

8 


3 


Hugh Willson .... 


4 


5 


5 


14 


1 


John Varnum Esq ur 


5 


5 


20 


12 


10 


1 2 


heirs of R. Wibird Esq r 


6 


5 


3 


10 


4 


1 



276 



CHARTER RECORDS. 







<u 




O) 




<v 


A List of the Names of the Prop" 




bfl 




°f 




be 


of Monad k N° 7. 








2 





2 




George Jaffrey Esq r 


7 


5 


7 


14 


15 


12 


Roland Cotton 






8 


5 


9 


10 


23 


10 


Col° Stoddard 






9 


5 


5 


10 


28 


10 


Nath 1 Cotton 






10 


5 


20 


10 


23 


12 


the same 






11 


5 


22 


9 


14 


10 


Col Stoddard 






12 


5 


25 


9 


27 


10 


heirs of N. Richardson . 






2 


14 


2 3 


9 


26 


9 


Josiah Willard Esq 1- 






14 


5 


13 





9 





Col Stoddard 






15 


5 


13 


10 


[ 9 


10 


the same 






16 


5 


8 


1 


3 


1 


Matthew Thornton Esq ur 






11 


11 


21 


13 


1 1 


2 


John Varnum Esq ur 






7 


3 


l 9 


13 


10 





Reuben Kidder Esq ur 






12 


10 


20 


13 


8 


14 


Rebecca Blanchard 






18 


3 


J 9 


3 


28 


3 


the same 






21 


3 


19 


2 


22 


13 


the same 






20 


3 


20 


2 


23 


13 


the same 






26 


3 


1 1 


1 


25 


3 


the same 






27 


3 


28 


1 


28 





the Same 






15 


2 


4 


14 


11 





Rebecca Blanchard & ) 


















John Varnum Esq ur £ 






18 





7 


1 


27 


00 



October 9 th 1767 this Schedule Exhibited 
Filed & Accepted ^ y e Grantors 



Sampson Stoddard 
Jon a Blanchard 



attest. Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Regrant of Stoddard, 1767.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Nov. 4, 1767.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth November 4 th 1767 Wednesday five of 
New Hampsh 1 \ the Clock afternoon, at the dwelling house of James 
Stoodly Esqu r Innholder The Proprietors meet according to adjourn- 
ment — 

Whereas the said Proprietors on the 6 th day of December 1751, 
Authoriz'd & Impowered Joseph Blanchard late of Dunstable in said 
Province Esq r Deceas'd to Grant their Right, Title & Interest in & to 
the Lands within their Claim to such Persons as would Engage to 



STODDARD. 277 

settle & Improve the same under such Limitations as were just & 
Reasonable — Pursuant to which Power on the 10 th clay of May 1752 
he granted to Sampson Stoddard, Thomas Parker, Thomas Read, & 
divers others making in the whole One hundred & Eight Shares " all 
the Right, Title & Demand of said Proprietors, of in & unto that 
Tract of Land called Menadnock N° Seven in said Province, Contain- 
ing Six Miles, two hundred & Ninety Rod Square or thereabouts 
bounded Southerly on the Township called Menadnock Number Six 
Westerly on the Line called the Patent Line, Elsewhere on unap- 
propriated Lands of the Grantors beginning at the North West Cor- 
ner of Number Six aforesaid, at the aforesaid Patent Line from thence 
running Northerly by said Patent Line Seven Miles to a stake & 
Stones, from thence South Eighty Degrees East Seven Miles to a 
Beech tree marked, from thence South twenty One Degrees West, 
two Miles to a Stake & Stones, from thence South fifteen Deg: West, 
five miles to a Stake in a Pond called Rye Pond in the Line of Num- 
ber Six aforesaid from thence North Eighty Deg: West Seven Miles 
by said Number Six to the first bounds Mentioned " — 

To have & to hold to them, their Heirs & Assigns in Several & 
Distinct Shares, on the Terms & Conditions in said Grant Express'd 
with a right of Re Entry reserv'd for the Grantors on the Shares or 
parts of those who should fail of Performing the Conditions Limitted 
as aforesaid, all which may at large appear by Reference to said 
Grant — And whereas the said Grantees have forfeited their Respec- 
tive Shares by not Settling & Complying with the Terms & Condi- 
tions Limitted & agreed to by them as aforesaid, & tho' no Advantage 
of such Forfeiture has been taken against any of them heretofore, & 
they have been Indulged with a further time than was Originally 
Stipulated, of which they ought to have availed themselves, but in 
that they have also failed, Whereupon the Grantors have Re-entered & 
resumed the Right and Possession of said Tract of Land & the said 
Grantees acknowledging their Neglect & Default herein, the Right of 
Resumption aforesaid, & having Peaceably Surrendered the same, 
have Petitioned the said Proprietors to make a new Grant thereof to 
the Petitioners who are mostly the former Grantees, all which having 
been duly Consider'd, and aiso that many of the said Shares are in 
some Degree fitted & Prepared for settlement & that under such Cir- 
cumstances it would be more Equitable that those who have taken 
any Steps toward Settling said Shares should have the Advantage of 
their own Care & Labour rather than Strangers, Therefore Voted 
That all the Right, Title, Interest, Claim, Property and Demand of 
the Said Proprietors of in & unto the aforesaid Tract of Land called 
Menadnock Number Seven, bounded as aforesaid, be & hereby is 



278 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Granted to Col Sampson Stoddard Esq r , Ebenezer Peirce, John 
Chamberlain & others, whose Names are Mentioned in the Schedule or 
List hereunto annexed, in the Proportion therein Mention'd making 
twenty Seven in the whole, on the Terms, Conditions, and Limita- 
tions hereafter mentioned To have and to hold to them, their Heirs & 
Assigns in Severalty as the same has been Divided into Seperate Lots 
& as the said Lots are numbered & set to the respective Names in 
said Schedule, on the following Terms, Conditions and Limitations, 
First that Seventeen of the shares as the same are Severed, allotted, 
& Divided, Numbered & fixed to the several Names, be & hereby is 
reserved to the use of the Grantors their Heirs & Assigns free & Ex- 
empted of & from all Charges of Settlement & all other Charges 
untill Improved by them, their Heirs & Assigns — Secondly that three 
of the aforesaid shares be & hereby are appropriated. One for the first 
Minister of the Gospel who shall be settled in said Township, one for 
use of the Ministry, & one for the use of a School there forever — 
Thirdly, that the remaining Shares be and hereby are Granted & ap- 
propriated to the Several Person's & Sever'd to them respectively 
their Heirs & Assigns as mention'd & Number'd in said Schedule, 
and each Lot of Land in said Tract shall be Subject to have Necessary 
High Ways laid thro' them as there shall be Occasion, free from the 
Charge of paying for the Land, laid out as an High Way untill an In- 
corporation & then to come under the Regulation of the Law in that 
Regard — Fourthly that the Grantees aforesaid who are Subject to the 
Duty of Settlement build Fifty houses on said Tract of Land, such 
Shares to have one House on one of the Lots belonging to it Respec- 
tively as the Grantees shall Determine by regular Votes, according to 
their Interests, within two Years from the Date hereof, each house to 
be built so as to have one Room, Sixteen feet Square or Equal thereto, 
and also have twelve Acres of Land cleared & fitted for Tillage, Mow- 
ing & Pasturage within the Term of two Years, and to add one Acre 
more annually, (till the Inhabitants there shall be Incorporated) on 
each Share the said Houses to be well fitted & made Comfortable Habita- 
tions, & the said Land to be Cleared in a good Husbandmanlike Man- 
ner, and Every Particular Grantee aforesaid shall pay his due propor- 
tion of all Taxes necessary to the Making said Settlement in the 
Articles aforesaid & in what follows on Pain of forfeiting his Right in 
said Land or so much thereof as shall answer his Proportion of such 
Taxes to be dispos'd of by a Committee to be Chosen by a Major part of 
the Grantees appointed for that Purpose. — 

Fifthly, the said Grantees shall build a Meeting house for Public 
Worship within four Years from the Date hereof & shall maintain 
constant Preaching in such House after four Years from the Date 
hereof. 



STODDARD. 279 

Sixthly all White Pine trees, growing on any part of said Land, 
tho' sever'd into Lots, are hereby reserv'd, that are fit for his 
Majesty's use for that Purpose, to him, his Heirs & Successors. — 

Seventhly if the Grantees shall fail & make Default of Compleat- 
ing the Settlement in Manner & form aforesaid it shall be Lawfull to 
& for the said Proprietors & their Successors to re-enter into & upon 
the said Premises, to resume their Right & Possession & become 
again Seized thereof, as in their former Estate, and as if this Grant 
had not been Made — 



[Account of Settlements in Stoddard, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 134.] 

monadnock N° Seven Called Limbrick 
first Right 



Dra n by j Stodard Esq r : L : n° 12 : R : 11 th by Lee Improved.— 
Going on 
by Stodard Esq r : L : 9 : R : 6 : Settled by Scott and Improves 9 

in the 7 th Range Duty Don 
by Stodard Esq 1 ' : L : 8 : R : 6 : Settled by Gilchrist Singel man 
Daniel Peirce Esq r L : 5 : R : 6 : by morrison Well Improved & Going 
on 
by Varnum Esq r : L : 26 : R : 10 : Settled by Warlton— Duty 

Don 
by Stodard Esq 1 : L: 25: R9: Settled by Richardson Richard 
by Stodard Esq 1 ' L. 23 : R 9 by Richardson Nath el Improved 
Jacob Reed L : 7 : R 6 : by Reed Improved. — Going on 
Ebenezer peirce L : 24 : R 9 : by Swan William Improved. Going 

on 
Roling Cotton L : 23 : R 8 : by Swan William Improved 

by Thornton Esq r L 3: R 6 : by mitchel James Improved. 
Going on 
Thomas parker L 3 : R 5 : by mitchel William Improved. Going 
on 
by Spaulding L 25 : R 10 : by Spaulding Improved 
by Reed L : 16 : R : 7 by Reed Improved 
by Wright L 14: R 7 by Wright Improved 
by Stodard Esq r L 16 : R 9 by Butterfield Cap 1 Improved 
by Stodard Esq 1 L 17 : R 10 by Butterfield amos Improved 
by Stodard Esq r L 17 : R 11 by Putnam Improved 
by Stodard Esq r L 16 : R 8 Settled by Taggart for Stodard 
Duty Don 



28o CHARTER RECORDS. 

by Dun L 4 : R 7 by Dun Improved. Going on 
by Thornton Esq r L 21 : R 9 Settled by Cannada Singel man 
Roling Cotton L 2: R 5 Settled by Bartlett 

by Cotton L 20 : R 10 by Hildech Improved 

by Stodard Esq 1 ' L 27 : R 10 by Scott William Improved. 

Going on 
by Stodard Esq r L 7 : R 7 by mitchel Samuel Improved. Going on 
by Cap* Benjamin Hoar one Right the present oner William Wil- 
son Kild or Captivated in the War the taxes paid by Robart Wilson 
Who Saith he Will Do y e Duty a True acompt of all the Settlements 
Err s Excep d per 

April 24 th 1770 Enoch Hale 

It appeareth that y e Curve Line When Run between marlo and 
Limbrick Cut of from marlo four famil s viz Church marther Tubs 
and Backwith — 



[Enoch Hale to George Jaffrey, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 6.] 

Sir at Least What I have Sent to your Hon 1 ' in Regard To those 
People that Wintered in monadnock N° Seven Should miscary I Now 
Rite in Grate haste having an oppertunaty to Send Direct those that 
Wintered in N° 7 Called Limrick is Taggart Richardson Warton & 
Bartlett I Would also Inform that y e Grate Number of Lotts That 
Was Returned Improved many of them are not under proper Improve- 
ment by Grase or Grane or fence but onley Sum Small peaces Choped 
Down With a Camp on y e Same but those that have more Don may 
be Known by What is Sed in y e Return at y e Eand of Sundry Knames 
Going on &C Sir if you Nead my further Information I am Ready to 
Serve I Shall be Down by September Court if nothing provent — 

I am Sir y r most obed fc and Humble Servent 

monadnock N° Two June 15 th 1770 Enoch Hale 

To y e Honourable George Jaffrey Esq r In Portsmouth 



[Settlers and Improvements, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 7.] 
An ace* of y e Settlers at Limrick alies Monadnock N° 7 as Taken by 



STODDARD. 281 

their Committee at s cl Limrick this 22' 1 Day of Sept 1 ' A : D : 1770. as 
follows: (viz). — 

1* Jn° Gillchrist on y e 1* Lot In the 4 th Range 
2 d Nathaniel Bartlet on y e 2 d Lot In y e 4 th Range 
Zebadiah Keys on y e 1* Lot In the 5 th Range 
James Mitchel on y e 4 th Lot in y e 5 Range — 
Abraham Morrison on y e 5 th Lot in y e H th Range 
Thomas Read on y e 7 th Lot in y e 6 th Range — 
W m Gillchrist on y e 8 th Lot in y e 6 th Range 
-Allexcander Scott on y e 9 th Lott in y e 6 Range 
James Scot on y e 9 th Lot in the 5 th Rang — 
Peter Edes on y e 7 th Lot In 7 th Range — 
James McDanills on y e 8 th Lot in y e 8 th Range. 
John Rob on y e 7 th Lot In y e Eighth Range 
Silas Wright on y e 15 th Lot in y e 7 th Range 
Jos : Read on y e 16 th in y e Seventh Range 
Jn° Taggard ; on y e 16 th in y e 8 th Range 
Jn° Cannada ; on v e 21 fc in y e In the 9 th Range 
W m Swann, on y e 24 th In y e 9 th — 
Richard Richardson, on y e 25 th In y e 9 th 
Reuben Walton, on the 26 th In y e 10 th — 
W m Mitchel, on the 3 d Lot in y' e 5 th Range 
W m Swann, on y e 23 d on the Eighth 
Silas Wright, on the 15 th Lot in y e 6 th Range 
Amaziah Hildreth, on y e 20 th Lot in the 10 th Range. 
Samuel Stevens, on y e 15 th in y e 9 th Range. 
Benjamin Dunn, on y e 12 th Lot In the 9 th Range. 
James Dunn, on y e 3 d Lot on y e 7 th Range. 

Oliver Parker, on y e 16 th Lot In y e 10 th Range. I ) 
Oliver Parker, on v e 15 th Lot on y e 10 th Range < j 

Amos Butterfield on y e 17 th Lot on y e 10 th Range 
Jn° Taggard on y e 22 d Lot in y e 9 th Range. 
Arkelas Putnam" on y e 17 th Lot in y e 11 th Range 
Jonathan Bennit on'y e 14 th Lot on y e 11 th Range 
Tho s Lee on y e 12 th Lot in y e 11 th Range 
Jos : Dodge, on y e 11 th Lot in the 10 th Range 
Jos : Dodge Jun r on y e 11 th Lot in y e 11 th Range 
Jerathmeal Powers, on y e 20 th Lot in y e 13 th Range 
Stephen & Moses Bennit, on y e Lot in y e Range 
Runiels M c Cullestor on y e 2 d Lot in y e 9 th Range 
Edmond Tayler on v e 3 d Lot in y e 9 th Range 



282 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



the Last Mentioned nine are on the West- 

J> erly Side of sd Town Neare the Pattent 
Line all Well Settled.— 



Aseph Mather 
Titus Church 

conveyed to Matson 
Joseph Tubs 
Freddrick Tubs 
Jn° Noyce Mather 
Ephr m Brock Worth 
Samuel Comstock 
Timothy owing 
Selvenus Beck worth 
one Walton Setled on the North Easterly Corner of s d Town (Since 
bj him Conveyed to one Tayler) 

John M°Daniel, on y e Lot in y e Range 
Sam 1 Stevens Jun r on y e 15 th Lot in y e 9 th Range 
Simmeon Church on y e 21* Lot in y e 12 th Range 
Titus Church on y e 21* Lot in y e 13 th Range — 

A Copy Tacken from the Committee of Manadnock N° 7 : ace* of 
the Settlers there 

Examined ^ John Varnum Propriators Clerk 

Dracutt april 27 tb 1771. 



[Dates of Certain Settlements^ 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 8.] 

Mr. gohn taggard came in 1769 with a family 

Amos Butterfeld came in June 1770 a hous and Some land cled 

titus Curch came in 1770 I know not how much land clerd 

Reuban walton came in 1769 ^ , -, -, -, . -, 1T 

■r>. , i o- i j 1f T/>n these have houses and well 

Richard Richardson came llbv , -, , , , -, 

A t -, c , , -, nnCi I toward twelve acurs cleared up 

Alexander fecott came 17o9 ? i - j V 

A -, T . -trrrrn 'and improved apice in monad- 
Abraham morison came 17 /U -i xro n t • u • i 
T -iii 177A nock N° 7 or Limbrick 
James michchel came 1770 y 

I went myself in 1770 and have 4 acurs improved and near 10 more 
cut down on y e 17 th lot in y e 11 th rang. Archelaus Putnam 

Amos Butterfelds lot is y e 17 th in y e 10 th rang 

John taggards is y e 16 th in y e 9 th , if I mistake not this is a true 
minet of N° 7 only about 3 or 4 Scingle men 

Manadnock n° 7 — This mem given by Archelaus Putnam Jan y 29 tb 
1771 



STODDARD. 283 

[Petition of William Matson, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 9.] 

Province of New ) To The Honourable Proprietors of Mason's 

Hampshire ) Patent (so Called). 

The Petition William Matson of Lyme in the County of New Lon- 
don and Colony of Connicticut 

Humbly Shews. That several Years ago your honours made a 
Grant of a Certain Tract of Land in said Patent, by the name of Mon- 
adnock Number Seven, to Coll Sampson Stoddard and others his 
Associates, That the time limitted in said Grant has been some time 
Elapsed, and the Conditions thereof in no way Complied with, and 
Consequently said Land Reverts to your honours the Grantors as 
Forfeited. 

Wherefore your Petitioner Earnestly Prays your honours to make 
a Grant of the same Land to him and his Associates upon such Con- 
ditions as to your honors in your Wisdom shall Think most Expedient 
— And your Petitioner will Ever Pray &c 

Portsmouth April 19 th 1771. William Matson 

I will Engage to Settle Thirty Families on said Land within three 
years. Ten of which shall be moved on Immediately after the Grant 

is made. 

William Matson 



[Report of Committee on Roads and Settlements, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 10.] 

Limrick August 1* 1771. 



er Complyments &c. — At the Request of y e Grantees of Manad- 
: 7 We Set out for this place y e "25 th of July Last To View y e 



Honered S 
After 
nock N 

Situation and Circumstances of y e Settlements & Roads in this Town. 
& to Examin into y e Necessity & Conveniancy of Laying out any 
more or Further Roads here for the Benefit of the publick. Notwith- 
standing y e Extreem Heat We arived on y e 26 th aplyed Closly to 
Business vewed the New Road that We Laid out Last fall from the 
Great Road In Limrick Called King Street (which We then Laid) 
through the South Easter Corner of Limrick and in the Land Called 
Society Lands around the Great and Dificult mountain Called Role- 
ston mountain and found the Same to be an Excellent Road When 



284 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Compared With that that Went over the Top of s d Mountain & also 
found that Mitchel whom We Hired to Cut s d Road had Cleared the 
Same much Better then We Expected, We accepted Said Road & paid 
mitchel to Content for his Cleareing S d Road (found that he had 
acted upon Honer therein) beleve that about Forty or Fifty Dollars 
more Laid out In Bridging and Causseying S d Road Will make it an 
Excellent Traviling Road and Will Remove the Great Dificulty of the 
Grand Role Stone Intirely out of Sight, whose Height Seemed almost 
to Reach the Clouds & hath been a Great Imbarrisment to y e Settle- 
ments whose Inhabitants was obliged (as our Roads Lay Before We 
Serched out & Cut this New Road) To ascend With panting & De- 
scend with Trembling the Mighty Loft of Roleston Which hath been 
Constantly asserted Could not be avoided. We have also viewed the 
Road by us Laid out In September Last from the Center of Manad- 
nock N° : 7 Towards Keen Which S d Road Leads out Near the South 
West Corner of N° : 7 : & Extends through the North Westerly part 
of N° : 6 : & through part of Gilsom & thenc to Keen and is an Ex- 
ceeding Good Road & Runs through a Tract of Excellant Good Land 
We have Caused the Same to be Exceeding Well Cut till it Comes to 
y e South Borders of our s d Town. We applyed to y e Inhabitants of 
N° : 6 to be So Kind as to open that part of s d Road that Leads 
through s d N° : 6 : but Without Success ! Have therefore Contracted 
With M r Jos : Dodge one of our Settler to Cut y e Same through S d 
N°: 6: at y e Expence of y e Grantees of N° 7. As We have been 
allways Generously Leading the Way In opening & Clearing Roads 
in this Wilderness for the publick Utility We Resolved Not to 
Scringe in So Noble a Work — : & as the Same Was Left With us to 
manage & Determin for S d Grantees. We aplyed to y e Inhabitants 
of Gilson & Keen To open a Road through their Respective Town In 
y e Best Way and Maner for the Good of the publick til it dims to 
y e Great Road that Leads to y e Center of Keen & they Generously 
promis to meet With us With pleasure In the best Way and maner Im- 
agineing That it Will be a Great Road & that it Will be Greatly Servic- 
able to y e publick. We also Laid out a Road from the Northerly part of 
s d Limrick (viz) from the Road Called Marlow Road to s d Road that 
Leasd to Keen Which S d Road Extends about Two miles Through a 
Beautyfull Tract of Land in S d Limrick Which s d Last mentioned Road 
We Called Beautifull Street & have Contracted With m r Dodge to 
Cleare the same in the Best Way and maner at y e Cost of s d Grantees : 
Which s d street Will Greatly accomidate Camden and Marlow & all 
to y e Northward as Well as our own Inhabitants. — We have the 
Roads (tho at Great Expence) So Well Calculated and Cut that 
Invy it Selfe must Stop her mouth & one that We have out Stript all 



STODDARD. 285 

that have Gone before us in the new plantations In Cleareing Roads 
for the Good of the publick : The Inhabitants of Keen and Gillsom 
Rejoyce in our progress and prospect of prosperity : — Some of our 
Neighbors Envy us and are Constantly Spreading Evil Repors & Say 
that y e Grantors are Determined to oust us & have promist the Town 
to others &c. And by that means have Discoraged many : But Not- 
withstanding the adversarys Craft We find We have the following 
Settlers now In the Town & are at Labour In Bringing forward Set- 
lments therein : (excepting Some that are Gon out of Town for 
provisions Which are Returning without Delay) : as Follows (viz) 
James Mitchel on the 3 d Lot in the 5 th Range With his Wife and 
family — 

W m Mitchel on the 2 d Lot in 4 th Range : a yung man 
Sam 1 Morroson on y e 5 th Lot in y e 6 th Range With a Family 
Tho s Read on y e 1 th in the Sixth (a yung man) — 
Jn° Robb on y e 7 th in y e 8 th Soposed to be a Good Settler 
David Scott on y e 8 th in y e 6 Ul a Frame House Called a Nottable 
Setler 

Allexander Scott on y e 9 th in y e 7 th With his Wife & Family (a 
Larg Field of Rie & a good Garden 

James Scott on y e 9 th in y e 6 th a yung man With a Good field of 
Rie &c 

Jn° Taggard on y e 16 th in y e 8 th a old Setler With his Wife & 
Family Rie Hay & Grass plenty 

W m Coughrin on the 2V In the 9 th a Family Going on Spedily — 
W m Swan on y e 24 th in the 9 th his Wif & Family a Great Settler 
(in a frame House) 

Richard Richardson on y e 25 th in y e 9 With his Wife and family a 
Frame House 

John Spaulding on the 25 th in the 10 th 

Reuben Walton on the 26 th in y e 10 tb With his Wife & Family 
W m Scot on 27 th in y e 10 th Duty Done but In part y e Timber is Cut 
for a Frame 

Abr m Morrison on the 6 th in y e 6 th hath Cleared ab* 6 acre hath 
Timber Cut for a Fram House 

Cap* Jos : Read on y e 16 th in y e 7 th hath a Large Field of Rie— 
m r Silas Wright on y e 15 th in y e Seventh Withe His family 
Joel Wright y e Miller on y e 15 th in y e b th hath a Good Mill Well 
Settled 

Sam 1 Stevens on y e 16 th In the 9 th a House built 12 acres Cleared 
Sam 1 Stevens Jun r on y e 15 th in y e 9 th a Small House Considerable 
Cleared a family Soon Expected 

Amos Butterfield on y e 17 th in y e 10 th With his Wife and family— 



286 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Oliver Parker on y e 16 th in y e 10 tb is Building a Large Frame 

House 

the s d Oliver hath a man With him is Carrying on a Duty on y e 

14 th in y e 10 th hath Cut ab* 40 acre 

W m Kemp A yung man Carrying on a Duty on y e 15 th in y e 10 th 
Arkiles Putnam on the 17 th in y e 11 th a Nottable Settler- 
Aaron Bennit on y e 18 th in y e 11 th a Good Settler— 
Simmeon Church on the 2P in the 12 th a yung man a Stout Settler 
Moses Bennit on y e 22 d on y e 12 th a Nottable Settler- 
Titus Church on the 2P in y e 13 th With his Wife and Family 
Jerathmeel Powers on y e 22 d in y e 13 th his House Built his Wife & 

Family Expected Soon 

Jn° Noys Mather With his Wife & Family near Marlow Line a 

Great Settler 

the s d Jn° Noyce Mather is Cumpleating a 2 d Settlement by a Hired 

man 

one Church on a Lot Whereon y e Duty Was Done by his Brother 
Jos : Tubs Near Marlow Line With his Wife & a Larg Family a 

Great Settler 

Frederick Tubs Neare Marlow Line a House Built Considerable 

Cleard is about marrying 

y e S d Jos: Tubs hath Done a Second Duty & Keeps up a Resi- 
dency by his Family 

Ephr m Brockway With his Wife & Family a Nottable Settler pro- 
visions plenty 

the S d Ephr m hath allmost Cumpleated a Second Settlement 
Sylvenious Beckwith With a Wife & Family a Good Settler 
Sam 1 Comestock Near Gilsom a old Settler his Family Expected 

this Fall 

Timothy Owing D° — 

Jonathan Bennit on y e 14 th in y e 11 th a Nottable Settler 

Benj a Dunn on the 12 th in y e 9 th — 

Jos : Dodge on y e 11 th in y e 10 th Intends to have his family there 

verry Soon 

Daniel Keys on y e 1* in y e 5 th — 

Silas Parker on y e 2 d in y e 9 th Intends to have his Family there 

this fall — 

Sam 1 Parker on y e 4 In y e 9 th DO- 
S' 1 Parkers Intends to Carry on a Settlement on y e 3 d in y e 9 th a 

House being Built thereon and Considerable Cleard 

Jos : Tayler on y e 28 th in y e P Large Settlements thereon With 

Wife & family 

David Powers on y e 20 th in y e 13 th Considerable Work Done y e 

House a Building 



STODDARD. 287 

Jos: Dodge_ Jun r on y e 11 th in y e 11 th the Cleareing fully Done 
y e House a Building 

George Parkhurst y e 5 th in y e 5 th Considerable Cleareing Done 
y e House not Built 

Jn° Varnum by Jos : Dodge hath Cleared more than 12 acres on 
y e 10 th Lot in y e 11 th the Hous to be Built by S d Dodge for s d 
Varnum 

James Dunn hath Cleared about 5 acres on y e 3 d Lot in y e 7 th 
Range & hath built a small house thereon — 

Edmen Tayler hath begun on the 2 d in y e 6 th Resolving to make a 
Settlement 

Ammaziah Hildreth hath begun on y e 20 th in y e Tenth no House 
Built there 

Thus S r the Settlement Stand Here at present y e Settlers are In 
High Sperits Brisk & Gay & in Earnest in General to Earn their 
Living by Industry and Expect by y e Next year to Raise Bread 
Sofitiant for the Inhabitant They are Cuming Dayly to Settle here 
tho as in other New places them that Cum Without anything are 
Constantly on the move have Shifted Eight this viset We hope for 
y e bestt We Expect by the Last of Nov r Next to have more then the 
Whole of y e Duty Done We Imajine We have Near That Done now 
if it Could be equally Divided : We Doubt not but within Two years 
from this Date We Shall have a Hundred Familys Settled in this 
Town and that it Will make as Good an appearance as any of our 
Neighbour Towns. S r We Heartily Congrattulate you With the 
Hopefull prospect of y e prosperity of this Town Wherein youre 
Intrest is So Considerable ; & Are your Devoted Humble Serv ts 

Jn° Varnum 



Samuel Stevens 



To Col Sampson Stoddard 



[Col. Stoddard's Letter, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 11.] 

Chelmsford Octo 2 1771 
S r / I intended before this time to have waited on The Gent 1 the 
Prop rs of masons Right to 'ave Given an ace* of the actual Settle- 
ments of the Grantees in Monad k N° 7 — an unlucky accident has hap- 
pen'd that deprives me of that pleasure however in the Course of 
about a month or five weeks I design to make my Appearance before 
Your Lordships, & give an honest acc fc (& which will be) of a very 
Considerable improvement in that Town — 



288 CHARTER RECORDS. 

You'll please to make my Complements to y e Prop rs ; and Let 
them know that at my own Expence and Agreeable to my promise 
made to them I have Caused the Eastern Boundaries of that Town to 
be made certain (saving small matter) which Cannot be Compleated 
at this season of the Year by reason of the water, which the Surveyor 
made known to me in August last — You may depend upon my hon r 
that the same shall be perfected as soon as possible I am with my 
Complements to Your Lady (S r )Your very Humb 1 Serv* — 

Sampson Stoddard 

To the Hon bl George Jaffrey Esq 1 " to be Communicated — 

Oct r 23 1771. at y e Meeting y e prop rs direct that y e Clerk write 
to Coll Stoddard to advise him that they will not delay reentering 
y e Township of N° 7 for not compliance w tb y e Terms of y e Grant 



[Petition of Ephraim Butterfield, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 12.] 

To the Hono ble Theodore Atkinson Esq r and the rest of the Noble 
Grantors of y e Masonian Lands in his Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire Greeting 

The Memorial of Ephraim Butterfield of Wilton in the Province 
afores d humbly Sheweth That your Memorialist in the Year 1768 
Undertook to Settle Two Lots of Land in a Township called Monad- 
nock N° 7. One under Sam 11 Stevens of Chelmsford one of the 
original Grantees of s (1 N° 7 And one under Sam 11 Stevens Jun r and 
proceeded to do the Duty of Settlement on the Premises. But after 
Two Years when I had made considerable Improvement I requested a 
Title to the Lands but was refused and the Land taken from Me, 
together with my Labour under Pretence that I did not proceed fast 
enough in the Settlement, (which I leave to the better Information of 
M r Jn° Tagart by whom I Send.). And altho. they dealt So hardly 
with me, yet the Settlement of s d Township is neglected, greatly to 
the Discouragement & Damage of the Settlers, who are but about 11 
or 12 at most in Number, and are Some of them moving off wholly 
thro' the Neglect of the Proprietors or Grantees. — 

And as it is in your Hon rs Power, Your Memorialist humbly beggs 
to be put in a Way to obtain Some Redress And y r Memor st as in 
Duty bound Shall ever Pray. — 

Wilton Octo r 9. 1771. Ephraim Butterfield. 



STODDARD. 289 

[Letter from Col. Stoddard, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 13.] 

Chelmsford Octo : 23—1771 
S r / Y rs of the 16 th instant is now before me wherein you mention 
one John Taggard's informing the Prop 1 " 8 that he is very hardly us'd 
by the Grantees of menadnock N° 7 — I have no doubt ; but that 
whenever I see you shall have it in my power not only to convince 
you but all the Lord Prop rs that this man has no reason to Complain — 
I pray the indulgence of y r Lordships that you will not come to any 
Determination respecting this Township 'till I wait on you in person ; 
which will be as quick as the peculiar Circumstances of my family 
will admit — I am determin'd at all hazards to give myself the pleas- 
ure (by the 11 th or 12 th of next month) to appear, and bow the knee 
before y r Lodships at which time I am perswaded shall make it 
apparent that it will be in my power soon to compleat the Settlement 
of a very respectable Town — I am with my Compliments to the 
Prop rs (S r ) your most obedient Humb 1 Serv fc 

Sampson Stoddard 

To the Honor 1 George Jaffray Esq r to be communicated 



[Certificate in Favor of John Taggart, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 14.] 

Octob r 28 1771 
I Certify that Sampson Stoddart Esq r never wrote to me or any 
other way manifested his Desire to have me Stay Some Ex'cns in my 
Care ag* Jn° Taggart of Limerick — I further Certify that Said Tag- 
gart is Reputed to be an Industrious Settler &ca — 

E Champney 



[John Taggart 1 s Complaint, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 15.] 

To the Hono ble Theodore Atkinson Esq r and the rest of the Worthy 
Grantors of the Masonian Lands in the Province of New Hampshire 
Greeting 

19 



29O CHARTER RECORDS. 

The Complaint of John Taggart of Lymerick in the Province of 
New Hampshire humbly Sheweth 

That your Complain* Some Time in the Year 1768 enterd into 
Covenant or Agreement with Sampson Stoddard Esq r of Chelmsford 
in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay to Settle and do the Duty 
of one Right in the s d Township of Lymerick ; for which y r Com- 
plain 1 was to have his choice of Two Lotts of all the Lotts in s d Town- 
ship, (the Masonian Grantors Lotts excepted.) And y r Complain* 
choose y e Lotts, N° 16 in y e 10 Range & N° 22 in y e 9. Range, and 
in a few Months after choice, s d Stoddard, Sold y e Lott N° 16 in y e 10 
Range for 100. X Silv r old Ten r And y r Complain* requested said Stod- 
dard, to recompence me for the Lot he sold, with Qualifying other 
Lands; But he wholly refused doing anything but my Pitching on 
Some one Lot not pitch'd on by others. 

Further y r Complain* informs that at the Time of my entering into 
s d Town I was unable to build me a House and went to reside in a 
Cottage between the Lotts N° 15 & 16 in the 8 Range claim'd by s d 
Stoddard and s d Stoddard disinherited s d Bartlett and promised Me I 
Should have the Improvement of s d Farm or Two Lotts, during my 
Life Time and Accordingly have Spent my Labour on s d Farm for 
three Years past, and brought the Same to profit, but can git no 
Security — And many other Articles of Covenant too tedious to be 
related, are broken and not performed by s d Stoddard 

Therefore y r Complain* Prays that y 1 Hon 18 would put me in Some 
Way or Method to procure a Title to s d Two Lots I first pitchd on 
and also pay for my Labour on the Farm so call'd or a Title to the 
Same, and y r Complain* as in Duty bound Shall ever pray. — 

Lymerick Octo r 29 1771. John Taggart. 



STODDARD. 



29I 



[NeaV 8 Report on Settlements, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 16.] 

Manadnock N° 7 or Limbrick the aco nt of the Satlers Houses Barns 
Stocks Lands under Improvement & Trees Fell on Each Lott 



Names of the Satlers 



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r. James Mitchell 
nf Isaac Mitchell Ju r . 
nf Will" Mitchell 
nf Daniel Kyess . 
nf Edmund Taylor 

James Dunn — N R 
nf John Willson . . 
nf David Willson . . 

Abal Parker— N R 
nf James M c danil . . 
r Ruben Walton 
nf John m c daniel . 
r Abreham Morison 

Sam 11 Parker N R . 
nf David Scott 
nf James Scott 
r Alaxander Scott . 
nf David Robea . 
nf Sam 11 Moresson min r 

Coll^ Stodard N R 

and D° . . . . 
r Silus Wright . 

Cap* Jos : Read N R 

Sawmill & Grismill 
r John Tagrett . 

Coll Stodard Improve- 
ment N R 

Ephream Butterfield 
N R 

Sam 11 Stephens N. R 

Titus Church N R 
nf Moses Bennett 
nf Jonathan Bennitt . 

nf Oliver Parker . 



1—6 
1—6 
1—6 
6 
1—3 

6 
6 



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1 6 

8 
1—6 
1 6 

8 
1—6 



bultan 
3—4 



Log House 
Poll House 
Poll Hous 
Poll Hous 
Poll House 



Poll House n* Coverd 

Poll Hous 

Poll Hous 

Poll Hous 

Log Hous 
Hous frame 
Hous frame 

Log Hous 

Log Hous 

Poll Hous 

Poll Hous 

Poll Hous 
Poll Hous no Ruf 

framd House 
House Burnt Latly. 
d fineshed 

Log House 



Poll Hous 
Log House 



Celler Dug frame 
Radv not Raisd 





2 


6 


3 


5 






5 

5 
6 
6 


3 

2 

2 


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7 


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9 


3 


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8 
8 


4 
7 
6 


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6 
6 
6 


5 

5 
7 
8 


3 
9 

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6 




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6 
7 


9 
9 


4 
6 






7 
6 


7 
6 


5 

2 






7 


16 






5 


5 

7 

7 


1 

15 
16 


8 
10 




3 


6 
8 


15 
16 


1 
9 






8 


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7 






9 
9 


15 
16 


4 

4 






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21 


3 






13 


22 


7 






1 1 


14 


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CHARTER RECORDS. 



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Will m Kamp N R 

nf Joseph Dodge . . . 

D° Dodg .... 

D« Dodg .... 
r Benj Dunn .... 

Aaron Bennitt N R 

archalus Putman . 

Simeon Church N R 
r Amos Butterfield . 

Isaac Mitchell N R 

Sam 11 Stephens Ju r NR 

Will™ Scott for Esqr 
Varnom N R 

Esq 1- Varnom N R 

Will" Swan N R 

r Rich d Richardson . 

by D° Richardson . 

Amaziah Hildrick N R 

John Tagret 

John Spaldin . 

Will™ Cockrin N R . 
nf Alaxander Scott Ju r . 



1—6 



a Camp 
a Camp 

Poll House 

Poll House 

Poll House 

Log House 

Camp 



framd House 
Poll House 

frand House 



Poll Hous 
poll Hous 
Poll Hous 







14 


22 






10 


10 






1 1 


12 






9 


12 






10 


18 






9 


13 


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Born 




13 
10 
12 


21 

17 
12 






12 


14 






10 


27 






10 


26 






8 


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25 






9 


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10 


20 






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21 






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the Rodes in the Town of Limbrick are Wall Cleard Where they 
have began Sattelments in all parts of Said town — 

The Sattlers on the Strip of Land Taken off from Mario w into 
Limbrick 













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Fradrick Tubes 


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5 




John Noys Mather 
Ephream Brockway . 


2 

2 — 


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Log House 


6 


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Barn 


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25 


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STODDARD, 



293 



Nathan Taylor in Camels Gore Satled on a Lott that Was in Lim- 
brick 

there is Some incrohments made on the 10 forfited Rights in Dublin 
they have fanced in Some of them for pastoring Land 

on the mile Strip betwen masson and Hollis there is Sundrey Satlers 
by Purches of the Blanhards as they say 

the Strip betwen new Ipswith and Tampel Sold by Blanchards 
satled 

the Strip betwen wilton & masson one Satler on said to a purchiser 
of some of the propriators of masson paten 

Province of ) Gentelman In Pursuants to your Instruc- 
New Hamp r > tions I have Taken a Trew acou* of all the 
Reckingham ss ) Satlements in the Town of Limbrick and 
have Sott down the Number of acres in Each Lott Cleard & the 
numbers of acres fall aording to the bast of my Judgment, also the 
names of Each sattler and the Time he has Resided there, and those 
that are Tranchant, and not Constant Residents I have mark' 1 thus, 
N. R. betwen their name and the first Colem I have also made a Dis- 
tinction betwen those of marlow and Limbrick Satlers — as you may 
Se in the above acou* I have also Taken acount of all the Satlements 
in the Town of Camden of the number of acres Cleard and Trees fall 
as Satt Down in the fore going acount, I have not Satt Down the 
Range or N° of Lotts in the Strip that was marlow nor in the Town 
of Camden as they Ware never Regulerly Layed out in Ranges nor 
Ware the Lotts Numbered in Said Town but Every Satler had his 
Lott Layed out Were he Laked bast 
I am Gentl men vour Humb 1 SeiV 
Dec r 7 th 1771 " Hubartus Neal— 



[Notes about Settlers.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 17.] 

Isaac Mitchel 

William Michel 

John Willison all menens from 

James Scott 10 years to 20 

Sam 11 morsson 

alaxander Scott 

James M c danel is Removed 

John Tagret is in Two Places — and it is But one man 

John Spalding is not a Rasadant 

also James Mitchel is Removed 



294 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Sampson Stoddard to George Jaffrey, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 18.] 

Chelmsford Jan r 29-1772. 

S r / After so long a time have obtain'd 5 small p s of what our peo- 
ple call Bloodroot ; I have made Strict enquiry ever since my return 
from Portsm ; but never could get any 'till Last night which I now 
send by M r Scales to Y r Lady, and pray her acceptance of it if not too 
late for her purpose. — I shall esteem it as a particular favour if it 
wont give you too much trouble to write a line (by m r Scales) & let 
me know whether the Prop rs have sent a Committee to review the Set- 
tlements in menadnock n° 7 : Your Complyance (S r ) with this request 
will much oblige Your most Obedient very Humb 1 Serv* — 

Sampson Stoddard 

The Hono rble George Jaffray Esqr 



[Sampso?i Stoddard to George Jaffrey, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 19.] 

Chelmsford Feb r 12. 1772 
S r / I am Sorry to hear of the Deficiency of the Grantees in N° 7 
But I hope the Gent 1 Prop rs will Extend their patience a Little while 
longer (I thank them for what is past) The Gent 1 of the Comi te told 
me that they would use their endeavour to have matters so order'd 
that nothing should be done 'till I could ride in the Spring with safety 
when by the leave of Providence I intend to make my personal appear- 
ance I am (S r ) Your Humb 1 Serv' 

Sampson Stoddard 
The Honon rbl George Jaffray Esqr 



[James Mitchell's Complaint, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 20.] 

To the Honor ble Theodore Atkinson Esq r and the rest of the worthy 
and Honor ble Masonian Proprietors. Gentlemen — 

The Memorial of Me the Subscriber of Limerick Humbly Sheweth, 
that Coll 1 Stoddard of Chelmsford Several Years Since gave Two Lots 
of Land in Monadnock N° 7, or Lymerick to Nathaniel Bartlet, the one 
Duty free and the other to have the Duty done thereon viz the Lot 
N° 2 in the 5. Range but never gave s d Bartlet any Title to the Same. 



STODDARD. 



2 95 



And your Memorialist bought s' 1 Lot N° 2 in the 5. Range of s' 1 Bart- 
let at 50 Dollars and had a Promise of a Title from Coll 1 Stoddard 
and Since that s d Bartlet is gone off, and I have no Title to s' 1 Lot, 
altho', the Duty is considerably forward, neither can I obtain any 

Therefore y r Memorialist Prays your Hon rs to take my Case under 
y r wise Consideration, (under whose Protection I thro' my Self) and 
Set me in Some Way to Procure a Title to s d Lot of Land : and Your 
Memorialist as in Duty bound Shall ever Pray 

Monadnock N° 7. April 24. 1772. James mitchell 



[Reminder from Ephraim Butterfteld, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 21.] 

To the Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq 1- and the rest of the Noble & 
Hon ble Masonian Proprietors. — Gentlemen — 

I did Some time Since Send your Hon rs a Memorial how I was 
Served about a Lot of Land in Monadnock N° 7. or Limerick, but 
have not as Yet had any Satisfaction, therefore Pray your Honors to 
take my Case under your wise Consideration 

which will oblige y r most Obedient Serv 1 

Wilton April 25. 1772. Ephraim Butterfield 



\_Re-entry on Forfeited Lots, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 22.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power I have Received from 
New Hamp 1 ' > the Proprietors of Masons Patent, I have on the 
Rockingham ss ) fiftenth Day of June 1772 in the Name and in 
behalf of Said Proprietors, Re-entered into and upon five Lotts & 
Rights of Land in the Town of Limbrick in the Countey of Cheshire 
in Said Province. Whereon the Dutey Was not Done acording to the 
conditions of the Grant of the Same by Said Proprietors, and in the 
Name behalf, and for the use of Said Proprietors, Did Claim Resume 
& Receive the Said five Lotts or Rights. Namely Lotts Number 
thirteen N° 17 N° 18 & N° 19 in the Eight Range "of Lotts in said 
Town, and on N° 20 in the 7 th Range and have taken actual Posses- 
sion of the Said Lotts & Rights in the Name and for the use of the 
Said proprietors, Whereon the Dutey is nots Done as aforesaid, and 
at the Time of the Re-enterev and Re-seisin have Openly and pub- 
lickly Declard the Same Before John Tagart Richard Richardson 



296 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Francis Durgin and Samuel Smart ; and have also Re-entered into 
and upon all that Tract of Land in Said Limb rick Layed out by the 
Grantes of Marlow (Two Hundred & Sixtey Rods on the Easterly Side 
of the Patent Line, by Camden Line) and for the use of Said Pro- 
prietors Did Claim Resume & Receive the said tract of Land, and 
Take actual Possession thereof in the Name and for the use of said 
Proprietors Whereon the Dutey is not Don as aforesaid, and at the 
time of Re-entery have openly and Publickly Declared the Same before 
archabel White Zaccheus Blood Samuel Smart and Francis Durgin 
— Witneses 

attast ^ Hubartus Neal 
Newmarket 18 th of July 1772 



[Petition of Inhabitants, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 24.] 

To the Hono 1,le Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 ' and the rest of the Hon ble 
Masonian Proprietors, 

Humbly Sheweth, the Petition of us the Subscribers being Resi- 
dents or Inhabitants of Monadnock N° 7, who were incouraged to 
become Settlers on s d Land by Sampson Stoddard Esq r and others 
the Grantees of said Tract of Land ; but notwithstanding we have 
agreable to our Bargain with s d Grantees gone on and Settled s d Land 
and according to our Ability have done all in our Power to forward 
and encourage the Settlement by every Means, considering the almost 
unsurmountable Difficulties we meet with on Account of bad Roads 
in Summer & long & tedious Winters with great Scarcity of Provisions, 
Yet we meet with another Difficulty more terrible then all the rest, 
(viz) Want of a good Tittle to our Lands which We by no Means 
can obtain of the afores d Grantees. And unless we are by Some Way 
or Means redress'd, must move our Selves and Families off s d Lands. 
We being Sensible that s d Grantees have forfieted and reforfieted s d 
Lands, into your Hon rs Hands and So have no Right to the Same ; 
Earnestly Pray that your Hon rs would take into Consideration the 
distressing Circumstances of your humble Petitioners and do for us 
as your Hon rs in Wisdom think proper. 

And We as in Duty bound Shall ever pray. — 

James Mitchell Abram Morrison James Jewell 

William Scott John Taggard Moses Bennett 

Richard Richardson Solomon mack 

[Endorsed] Rec d April 14 th 1773 






STODDARD. 297 

[Jonathan Nesmitlis Report on Lots in Stoddard, 1816.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 25.] 

Antrim Oct r 11 th 1816 To Mark W Peirce Portsmouth Sir I 
Rec d your letter by Samuel Barker one week later then you expected 
by reason of my being from home on the nixt day I aplyed to John 
Clark Esq r of Hancock to assist in the survey and we atended to the 
busniss on the following Monday and found it a difiequal mater to 
find the right information we got a sight of the Town Plane and 
then we had to go to Esq 1 ' Matesons which was the Town Clerk and 
lives on the line of Marlowto sertch The Town records and found him 
verey oblidging to us and give us all the information he Could and we 
found that there was sold of lot No 9 in the 8 th range for taxes year 
1792 for 1790 tax 79 acrs to Gardner Towns and of No 15 in the 4 th 
range 39 acrs To William Pitcher year 1800 of these we found deads 
from the Collectors and that ther was another seal of 7 acrs of No 15 
and one 5 acrs of No 27 in the 4 th range of these two we thought 
that there was a Probability that they were redeemed, as you were 
Perticquler in your letter to me of the lay of the land its growth and 
how much will do to Plow, in answer I think I may say ther is but 
little Plow land — 

of lote No 9 in the 8 range I think you will hold 15 or 16 acrs of 
the west end of the lot as the lot holds out 95 acrs of wood land of a 
havey groweth land rockey worth two dollars P r acre — 

N° 12 in the 3 d range his about 12 acres Clear 11 and under Improve- 
ment by a M r Bernet who Purtchased a M r Morison's labour about ten 
or 12 years ago the 12 acrs is of a drayish soil and rockey in the 
north east Corner of the lot south of it is low madow land under 
watter a good Part of the year south of the madow is a groweth of 
spruce and hamlock the westerly Part of the lot is a mixture of timber 
of a havey groweth and land rockey worth 2 dollars P r acre 

No 15 in the 4 th range his 39 acrs layed of the East end and the 
remaning 41 acrs is verey rockey but little live timber standing. I 
inquired of John Stephens who is in Possession of the East 39 acrs 
what he would give for the remaning 41 acrs he told me that he 
Cared but little about it but if he Could get a deed of it without 
mutch expence he would give 25 dollars 

N° 27 in the 4 th range lays in the northeasterly Part of Stodard 
and the inhabitants of that Part of the town his but little connection 
with the middle of the town by reason of the worst ground for a road 
that I ever travled but is Conected with the north Part of Windsor 
and about three mils from the Washington turn epick this lot is of a mid- 



290 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ling qualety lays to the west & north havey timbered not verey rockey 
westerly Part lowest worth 2 dollars & 50 Cents P r acre 

we were inform d by the inhabitants of Stodard that lot No 17 in the 
7 th range is Caled a Peirce lot ther is 20 acres Sold for taxes of the 
east end the other 60 acrs is Poor land 

it apeered on the Plane of Stodard that lotes No 19 and 20 is marked 
to Esq r Peirce in the 5 th range and lot No 5 in the 6 th range to Peirce 
and Moor this information may be of no use. these are the remark 
that I have to make on the Stodard Busniss and wher I have don 
wrong 1 wish you to write to me, you may think our Charge is high 
when you see it but be asured I found it more of a fatagueing job 
then I expected from your friend and Humble Servent — 

Jonathan Nesmith 

Esq r Clarks Charge for survey and Plan is 10 d 50 Cents 

my Charge and Expence — 18-65 



Samuel Barker for 3 days not included his expence I Pay d 29-15 



[Plans of Aforesaid Lots, 1816.] 








STRATHAM. 

[Plans of Aforesaid Lots, 1816.] 







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[Extract from Peirce Deed.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 26.] 

Lot N° 28 of one hundred acres and three Gores of land at the end 
of each range, which Gores togather run quite across the westerly end 
of said great lot — and bound easterly on said Lot N° 28 — and on lots 
N° 29 & 30 and westerly on Stoddard line 

Extract from J Peirce's Deed to Nath Emerson of Stoddard 



STRATHAM. 

[Originally a part of the " Squamscott Patent, 1 ' granted to Edward Hilton 
March 12, 1629, and was known as Winnicott. Incorporated as Stratham March 
14, 1 71 5-16. A part of the town was annexed to Greenland Dec. 18, 1805. The 
line between Stratham and Newmarket was established Dec. 28, 1805, but this act 
was repealed June 17, 1807. Another small tract was annexed to Greenland July 
2, 1847. The line with Greenland was established June 23, 1859, and amended 
June 27, i860. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
777 \ XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 479; Index to Laws, 526; Baptist Churches 
in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 22; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
p. 138; Deaths, 1741, by S. Lane, 30, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 426, and 32, 
id., 48; sketch, by J. W. Rollins, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, 
p. 542.] 



3oo 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Petition of Stratham Men, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 27.] 

Province of ) To the Honr bl Gent n proprietiers of the Land in 

New hampsh 1 ' J Said province That Latly was purch d of Cap 1 Jn° 
Tufton Mason Esqu 1 ' 

Colo: Atkinson and others &c : — 

Wee the Subscribers Humbly peticion That wee May have a Town- 
ship Thereof Containing Six Miles Square In Some Conveanent place 
Theirein on Such Conditions as others by y r Hours Granted or shall 
Grant— Stratham octob r y e 26 th 1748— Doubting Nothing But y r 
Honer s will Answer our potision wee Ever pray — 



Cotton Wiggin 
Jonathan Chase 
william Pottel 
Jonathan Clark Junr 
Edward Taylor 
andrevv wiggin jun 1 
Jonathan Chase gun r 
Jonathan Rolings 
Moses Leavitt Esq r 
Samuell Leavitt gun 1 ' 
Thomas Chase 
Bradstret wiggin gun 1 
Richard Callay 
Davied Haniford 



Solomon Smith 
John Smith 



the Reverd m r Rust 
Richard Sinkler 
John Nocks 
Benjamin wason 
Bradstreet Wiggin 
Joseph mason the 3 
theodor Hi [1] ton 
Jonathan Clarck 
Capt n foster 
George Veasey y e 3 d 
John Moores 
John Purmot 
Bengman Jewet 
Joseph Jewet Jun r 

Caniday men 

James Leavitt 
Robert Thurston 



George Veasey gun r 
Moses Thurston 
Stephen Leavitt 
william C alley 
Simon wiggin 
Daniel Mason 
Joseph Palmer 
Richard young 
Jerimiah Veasey 
Thomas Veasey gun 1 ' 
Doctor wiggin 
Bengman Noris 
John Thurston 



Thomas Calley 



Willeaim Toomson 
Prances mason 
John Stockbridge 
davaid Toomson 



Cape Britan men 

Joseph young Joseph Smith 

Benjamin mason gun 1 ' Charles glidden 

Satchal Rundalet Joseph Moriall 

Charls Rundlet Nathall Right white 

Jonathan Leavitt Edward young 

these mans names to Be aded to the Pertision of Capt n Veasey of 
stratham 

they are not Petitioners but if Proper Persons may be added 

Jonathan Jones Richard Scamon Jonathan sibley 

John Haniford owen Ranals Deacon Dearborn 



STRATHAM. 



tor 



Davied Robeson 
Cap tn fifeld 
willam Potel 



John Robrson Jun' 
John Leavitt 
John Clarck 
George Veasey 



Samuell clarck 
Samuell Goohue 
willam meed 



province of 
New hampshire 



[Another Stratham Petition, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 28.] 

To The Honr bl Theoder Atkinson Esq r and others 
proprietors of Mason's Patent for Lands in New 
hampshire wee The Subscribers humbly poticion your Honers to Con- 
firme unto us a quantity of the Said Lands as your Honours shall 
Think proper according To the Tenor of your other Grants or Con- 
vayences : Doubting Not but Your Honors will answer our poticion 
wee Subscriber our Selves vour Humble Servants — 

Stratham Novem br y e 21 s " t 1748— 
Thomas Wiggin Thomas Wiggin junr 

Josiah Parsons Jun r Samuel Veasey 
John hill Na 11 Piper 

William Burley Juner Richard Witcher 
Andrew french John Avery 

Joshua Hill Bradstret french 

Thomas wiggn Thomas glanvil 

Moses Kennison Samuel Allen 

Samuel wiggins Juner Andrew wiggin Juner 



Samuel piper 
Josiah Allen 
Eliphelet Wiggin 
Joshua Rinston 
abraham Keneston 
John Dearborn 
Ebenezer Barker 
Nathanel Wiggin 
Thomas Bracket 
Nathanel Avery 
John Weeks Jiner 
Joseph Mason 
Jude Allen 
Andrew Wiggin y e 
Chas Wiggin 
Na 11 Piper : fathr 
moses Wiggins 
Joseph Kinoson 



Daniel Allen 
Isaac foos Jan 
Jonathan Piper 
Eleazer alien 
Timthary Merry 
Isaac foss 
Benjamin Cotten 
William Simson Jun 1 
Jonathan Jewet 
Reuben Hill 
Na 11 Rright white 
Jonathan Dockum 
Josiah wiggin 
John Allen 
Samuel Avery 
John Simson 
Bradstreet Wiggin 
Daved french 



William Moore 
Josiah sisco 
John wiggin 
Samuel wiggin 
Thomas french 
William Burly 
William french Junr 
henery Wiggin Juner 
Walter Wiggin 
Benjamin Barker 
Tuften wiggin 
thomas odel 
Ezau Barker 
thomas Vesey Jr 
thomas foss 
Joseph Adams 
Nathaniel Brackit 
John Hill Ju r 
John Piper 
Ephrim Crockit 
solomon Kineston 
Stephen Piper 
John Daves 
Bemagm Leavett 
Samuell pevey 
Walter Wiggin Juner 



302 CHARTER RECORDS. 

SUNAPEE. 

[Originally known as Corefs-town. Granted Nov. 7, 1768, to Oliver Corey 
and others, and named Savllle. Incorporated as Wendell April 4, 1781, and 
named in honor of John Wendell, of Portsmouth, one of the grantees. The 
south part of the town was combined with portions of Newport, Newbury, Lemp- 
ster, and Unity, to constitute the town of Goshen, Dec. 27, 1791. Small tracts 
were severed and annexed to New London Dec. 11, 1804, and June 19, 1817. 
The name of the town was changed to Sunapee, July 12, 1850. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; X, Bouton Province and 
State Papers, 398, 400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont 
towns; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 494; Index to Laws, 491, 529, 574; 
sketch, by W. C. Sturoc, Hurd's History of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 366; Stew- 
art's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 502; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 473-] 



[Petition of Vere Royse.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 30.] 

To the Hon ble Proprietors of Mason's Patent 

The Petition of Vere Royse in behalf of Zephaniah Clarke of Here- 
ford in the County of Cheshire in the Province of New Hampshire 
Gentleman humbly shews — 

That the said Zephaniah was first incouraged to take up a Hun- 
dred Acres of Land on condition of setling it in the Township of 
Saville which he accordingly did & took possession thereof agreeable 
to the Plan herewith delivered afterwards upon the running of the 
Curve Line his said hundred Acres fell within the Bounds of Here- 
ford, which gave him great uneasiness till he received a Letter from 
Maj 1 Price to pursue his said Settlement and as he was the Proprie- 
tor of Hereford (which said Clarke also understood) he would quiet 
him in his possession of said Tract agreeable thereto, he said Clarke 
removed with his family on said Land and has built him a large 
House and got his land under good Improvements and purposes to 
keep a public House for the benefit of Travellers and has expended 
all his Capital for the bringing forward said Farm which if taken 
from him will so distress him as to prove his ruin wherefore he prays 
from the Hon ble Proprietors a Confirmation of his said Hundred Acres 
to be reserved for him in Case the Prop rs of s d Patent should make a 
Grant of Hereford And as in duty bound he shall ever pray 

Vere Royse 
in behalf of Zepheniah Clarke 



SUTTON. 

{Plan of One Lot.] 



303 




iMt i, the n<„K~a,do/a Lu^ 3,v.{ » rarr^ay Wesf , la ^ //„ ^ 

Uo Rod, lAen Ikil UoRU % taslly 7!W/f U .'Ac KKUt fine Tree At?*n , 



SUTTON. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors Nov. 30, 1749, to Obediah Perry and 
others, and called Perrystown. The charter was renewed Feb. 24, 1752, and 
again Aug. 18, 1773. Incorporated as Sutton April 13, 1784, and named from 
Sutton, Mass. 

See XII, Hammond Town Papers, 516; Index to Laws, 533 ; History, by Mrs. 
A. H. Worthen, 2 vols., 1890; sketch, by A. H. Worthen, Hurd's History of 
Merrimack County, 1885, p. 627 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 
252; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 10; proceedings 
at dedication of soldiers' monument in Three Dedications, pub. Concord, 1891.] 



{Petition for Grant, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 31.] 

We the Subscribers in Behalf of Our Selves would Humbly Pray 
the Gentle Men Proprietors of Masons Patten So Called that you 
would Grant us a Township of Land upon Such termes as has or Shall 
be granted to others and in So Doing you will Greately Oblige your 
humble petitionos 

Daniel Poor Samuel Stevens 

Ebenezer Gile Ebenezer Mudget 

John Dusten Stephen Dow 

Andrew Stone Thomas Mills 

Edmond Page Jonathan Stevens 

Samuel Ayer Peter Ingalls 



Obadiah Perrey 
Jonathan Gile 
Thomas Foot 
Benj n Eaton 
James Graves 
William Stevens 



3°4 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



James White 
Joseph Severance 
John Currier 3 d 
Joseph Noyce 
Caleb Page 
James Merrell 
Abiel Knight 
Samuel Worthen 
Abraham Perrey 



Stephen Coffin 
Ephraim Severance 
William Brown 
Joshua Knight 
James Urin 
John Webster 
Sam 11 Little junr 
Jonathan Poor 
Ebenezer Perrey 



John Currier 
Israel webster 
John Dow junr 
James Noyce 
Jeremiah Page 
Nathaniel Knight 
Gershom Pike 
Obadiah Perrey junr 
John Perrey 



Portsm October 27 th 1748 



If it be agreable to y e Proprietors we should be glad it Might be 
Scituated joining upon Contocook Easterly and So upon Merrimack 
River Six miles and otherwise bounded as to make up Six miles 
Square ; or however otherwise Scituated as you shall think proper & 
in behalf of our Selves and y e above named we Subscribe S rs your 
Humble Petitioners Obadiah Parry 

Daniel Poor 

Portsm July 14 th 1749 — y e within Mentioned Tract of land not being 
to be obtained by y e within Petitioners in their behalf I pray we may 
have y e tract of Land call'd N° 2 in y e Line of Towns 

Obadiah Parry 



[Another List of Petitioners, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 31.] 



Obadiah Parry 
Timothy Clement 
Thomas Hale jun r 
Parker Stevens 
Edmund Page 
Benjamin Eatton 
Jonathan Poor 
andew Stone 
Abraham Parry 
Steven Poor 
Jacob woodward 
Steven whitticker 
John Ayer juner 
John Pecker Jun r 
Samuel Ayer 
Nathaniel Knight Jun 1 
Thomas Hale 



Daniel Poor 
Joseph Noyes 
Benjamin Hale 
Zebadiah Sargent 
David Marsh 
William Eatton 
John Currier 
Jeames Urin 
Ebnezer Parry 
Thomas Noyes 
David Graves 
Thomas whitticker 
Samuel Little 



James Graves 
Joshua Page 
William Stevens 
Aaron Sargent 
Cutting Marsh 
Benjamin Eatton Jun 
John Poor 

Obadiah Parry juner 
John Parry 
James Eatton 
Ja s Pecker 
Thomas wyman 
John webster 



Rev d M r James CushingRev d M r Edw d Barnard 
Jacob Hancock Samuel Little jun r 

John Cogswell jun r James Clements 
thomas Folensbee 



SUTTON. 



305 



Perry Poor & Clements their Schedule exhibited 25 th octo 1 ' 1749 
and agreed that y e S tl Gentleman & their Associates have a Tract of 
Land (without a warranty) equal to Six miles square lying to y ( 
Northward of N. 1. & N. 2, in y e Line of Towns fso called? to L 
laid out clear of other Engagements 



(so called) to be 



[Plan of Sutton, 1769.] 



,w 




This Plan was finished November y e 24 th 1749 and it Contains 
23040 acers which maks 36 Squair miles or Six miles Squair and it 
Layeth To the west of Ciar Sargy Hill So Called and is Bounded as 
followeth : Viz : Begining at a Beach Tree on the line of N° 1 156 
pols Dew north from the mouth of a Brook Which Runs into Alms- 
bury River So Called thence Runing North Sixteen Degrees West 
Seven miles and Eaighty pols To a Larg Hemlock on the Top of a 
Hill thence West five Degrees South five miles To a Beach marked 
with stons a Bout the Same Thence South Sixteen Degrees East 
Seven miles and Eaighty pols To a white Oak marked on the Line of 
20 



306 CHARTER RECORDS. 

No: Five thence East 5 Degrees north five miles To the Bounds first 
mentioned 

^ me Timothy Clements Survay r 



[Charter of Sutton, 1749.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Nov. 30, 1749.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth November 30 th 1749 Thursday Six 
New Hampshire j of the Clock afternoon at the Dwelling house of 
Ann Slayton widow The Proprietors meet according to Adjournment 

Voted That there be and hereby is granted unto Thomas Whitacre 
John Ayer Jun r John Pecker a minor James dishing Clerk Edward 
Barnard Clerk John Cogswell Ju lir Timothy Eaton Moses Clements 
Samuel Clements Joshua Page Zebediah Sargent Aaron Sargent 
David Marsh Cutting Marsh James Urin Deacon James Eaton James 
Pecker Stephen Whitacre all of Haverhill, John Poor Jonathan 
Plumer Mark Plumer a minor John Plumer Jun r Stephen Poor a 
minor all of Newbury, John Barker of Andover Asa Kimball of 
Bradford Obadiah Perry Timothy Clements James Clements a 
minor, Daniel Poor Samuel Little John Webster Jun r Jacob Han- 
cock Nathanael Knight Jun r Samuel Little Jun r Tho s Hale Tho s Fol- 
lensby Stephen Woodward Humphrey Noyes Daniel Roberts Joseph 
Noyes Thomas Hale Jun r Benj a Hale William Stephens Parker Stev- 
ens a minor Edmund Page Benj a Eaton William Eaton Benj a Eaton 
Jun r Jon a Poor a minor John Currier Andrew Stone Obadiah Perry 
Jun r Abraham Perry Ebenezer Perry John Perry a minor Thomas 
Noyes Jacob Woodward all of Haverhill District ; James Graves 
Samuel Ayer and David Graves a minor all of Kingston. — 

In Equal shares on the Terms Conditions & limitations herein after 
expressed all that Tract of Land within the Province of Newhamp- 
shire Containing the Extent and quantity of six miles square Bounded 
as follow's namely, laying West of Kyahsargy Hill so called & begin- 
ning at a Beech Tree on the Line of Number One So called one hun- 
dred and fifty six Poles due north from the mouth of a Brook which 
run's into Almsbury River so Called from thence running North six- 
teen Degrees west seven miles and Eighty Poles to a large Hemlock 
standing on the Top of a Hill Thence West five Degrees South five 
Miles to a Beech Tree marked with stones about it — Thence south 
sixteen Degrees East Seven miles and Eighty Poles to a white Oak 
marked on the Line of Number Two so called. Thence east five 



SUTTON. 



307 



Degrees North five miles to the Place Begun at. To have and to 
hold to them their Heirs and assigns in equal shares on the following 
Conditions Terms and limitations That is to say that eighteen shares 
in the said Tract of Land be and hereby are "reserved to the use of 
the said Proprietors the Grantors in these Presents their Heirs and 
Assigns the same to lay on the Eastern side of said Tract of land and 
to be laid out at the same time the other shares shall be laid out and 
numbred from one to Eighteen and that the Rest and Remainder of 
the said Tract of land (saving what is herein after mentioned to be 
otherwise Improv'd) be divided into Sixty three shares or Rights and 
each share into two distinct Lots one of which is to contain a hun- 
dred acres and the other Lot all the rest of the Land belonging to 
each respective share except as before excepted. — That the lots 
which belong to the said sixty three shares be numbred with the 
same number beginning with nineteen & ending with Eighty One. 
That the said land be so laid out within the space of Eight months 
from the day of granting the same, and then the said sixty three 
shares to be drawn in the usual manner of Drawing for lots of land 
in such Cases and that the same be done at Portsmouth under the 
direction of the Grantors and that there be one Draft for the lots 
which belong unto one share — That the Eighteen shares reserv'd for 
the Use of the Grantors be drawn for, by the Grantors only at the 
same time of drawing the other lots. That one of said sixt}' three 
shares be for the first minister of the Gospel who shall be settled 
there and Continue there during his life or untill he shall be regu- 
larly dismiss'd to hold to him his Heirs and assigns, and one other of 
the said sixty three shares be for and towards the support of the Gos- 
pel ministry there for ever and that the hundred acre lots belonging 
unto these two shares shall be laid out as near the Place where the 
meeting house shall be built as Conveniently may be and not drawn 
for as the other lots. That there be ten acres of land left in some 
Convenient Place, as the major part of the said Grantees shall deter- 
mine within the said Boundarys (exclusive of the eighteen reserved 
shares) for building a meeting house and school house upon and to 
improve for a training field a burying Place and other publick Use to 
which the Inhabitants there shall see Cause to apply it. That one 
other of said sixty three shares be for the use and support of a school 
there for ever — That the owners of the other sixty shares make a 
regular settlement there at their own Cost & Charge in the following 
manner namely that within two Years from the Granting of said land 
they shall have a saw Mill built fit for sawing & making Boards & 
other Timber for the use of the settlers there and that the same be 
put under such a regulation as shall best serve the interest of the 



308 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Settlement and that eacli settler may be serv'd on reasonable Terms. 
That within Three years from the said Term each owner of the said 
shares shall have three acres of land there clear'd and fitted for Til- 
lage or mowing. That within four Years from said Term each owner 
shall have a house of sixteen foot square or equal thereto (with a Cel- 
lar under it) built on his respective share and fit to live in. That 
within five Years from said Term there shall be thirty families living 
on such Tract of land. That within six Years from said Term there 
shall be a meeting House built and Preaching there and sixty families 
living on said Tract of land. That within seven Years from said 
Term the said owners settle a Gospel minister there — That each 
owner of said sixty shares Pay to such Person or Persons as shall be 
appointed by the major part of the said owners to receive the same 
his Proportion of all sums of money from time to time as the major 
Part of said Owners shall determine to be necessary to be paid for 
the Carrying on the said settlement and accomplishing the matters 
and things aforesaid and what shall be herein after mentioned for the 
making Perfecting and finishing the said settlement. That there be 
reserv'd in the most Convenient Place in said Tract of Land (exclu- 
sive of the said reserv'd Eighteen shares) a Place for a saw mill with 
a Convenient Quantity of land for a Pond Yard Brow &c not exceed- 
ing Twenty acres That in laying out the lots care be taken to sort 
them in such a manner as to make the shares as equal as Possible 
that the lots be laid in Ranges where the land will admit of it & land 
left between the Ranges for highways of four Rods wide and between 
the lots of two Rods wide where the land will admit of it — That a 
Plan of the whole when laid out be made at the Charge of the 
Owners of the said sixty shares and return'd to the said Grantors at 
the time of drawing the lots at the Charge of the said Owners. 
That the Eighteen reserv'd shares be exonerated acquitted and fully 
Discharg'd & exempted from paying any Charge towards making the 
said settlement and not held to the Conditions limited to the other 
shares nor liable to pay any Charge Tax or assessment until improvd 
by the respective owners thereof or any under them. That all white 
Pine trees fit for masting the Royal Navy be and hereby are reserv'd 
and Granted unto his majesty his Heirs and successors for ever for 
that purpose. That in Case the Grantees and Owners of the said 
sixty shares shall neglect fail and omit to make and perfect the said 
settlement in manner as aforesaid according to the true intent and 
meaning of the several Articles matters and things herein before 
mentioned by them to be done such Grantees and owners shall for- 
feit their Right and Interest in the said Granted Premises to the 
Grantors their Heirs and assigns, (saving to such of the said Owners 



SUTTON. 



309 



as shall have done and perform'd his part and Proportion of the said 
Articles matters and things his Respective Right and share of the 
said Premises) and the said Grantors their Heirs and assigns may 
and it shall be lawfull for them or any Person or Persons for them 
and in their Name and Stead to enter into and upon the Rights and 
shares so forfeited and the same again to seize take Possession of and 
apply to their own use — Provided that if a war with the Indians 
should again happen before the expiration of the several limitations 
for the doing & performing the said matters and things respectively 
then the same Term of Years to be allowed of after that Impediment 
shall be remov'd. — 

And further it is to be understood that the grantors do not War- 
rant the Premises and further it is the true intent and meaning of 
the Grantors and Grantees in these Presents that in Case any of the 
Said sixty shares shall be forfeited to the Grantors by default of Per- 
forming the Proportion of Duty in making the said Settlement as 
afores d the said Grantors shall oblige those to whom they shall Dis- 
pose of such shares to do & Perform their Proportion of these Arti- 
cles matters and things herein enjoyn'd and required of the Original 
Grantees and in Case the said Grantors shall hold such forfeited 
Rights to themselves or any of them they shall do and Perform all 
their Proportion of Duty and pay their Proportion of all Charge as 
is herein requir'd of the Original Grantees Provided nevertheless that 
the said Grantees do & shall when they shall be thereunto respec- 
tively requested by the Grantors Enter into a Contract and person- 
ally oblige themselves and their respective Heirs & assigns to do and 
perform the several Articles matters and things by those Persons the 
Grantees before mentioned to be performd and done by signing and 
Executing such Instrument or Instruments in writing as by Council 
Learn'd in the law shall be advised and devised for that Purpose. 



[Draft of Lots, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 32, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 
p. 236, and Vol. 7, p. 66.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth July 11 th 1750 Wensday at the 

New Hampsh r \ house of Ann Slayton— At a Proprietors Meeting 

held by adjournment— The Draft of y e Lots of the Township granted 

to Obadiah Parry & others 30 th Nov r 1749— and of y e Eighteen Lots 

layed out for y e Proprietors y e Grantors 



3io 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



N< 



ler of drawing 


1 st Division ! 


2 d Division 


1 Stephen woodward . 


N°30 


N°46 


2 Benf Hale 

3 John Pecker a minor 


21 

39 


15 
45 


4 David Graves a minor 


46 


61 


5 Tho s Follensby 


59 


5 


b' John Webster jun 1 ' . 


65 


22 


7 School Lot 


60 


4 


8 Eben r Parry . 


29 


59 


9 Tho s Hale "... 


54 


21 


10 James Clements a minor . 


70 


16 


11 Tho s Hale jun r 


73 


3 


12 John Carrier . 


20 


17 


13 John Poor 


74 


54 


14 John Parry a minor 


25 


35 


15 Parker Stevens a minor . 


33 


11 


16 Asa Kimbal 


26 


60 


17 Mark Plummer a minor . 


70 


51 


18 James Pecker . 


63 


19 


19 John Barker . 


41 


20 


20 Sam 11 Clements 


44 


24 


21 David Marsh . 


49 


60 


22 Humphrey Noyes 

23 Jacob Hancock 


76 

28 


56 
36 


24 Abraham Parry 


35 


10 


25 James Graves 


38 


39 


*z6 Joseph Noyes . 
27 Obadiah Parry 


64 

22 


12 

32 


28 Edward Barnard Clerk . 


55 


9 


29 Jonathan Poor minor 


77 


58 


30 Aaron Sargent 


81 


29 


31 Thomas Noyes 


58 


6 


32 William Stevens 


80 


48 


33 Zebediah Sargent 


27 


29 


35 John Cogswell jun r . 

36 Moses Clements 


19 
42 


14 

26 


37 Sam 11 Ayer 

38 Jon a Plummer 


56 
53 


8 
13 


39 Andrew Stone 


67 


23 


40 Benj a Eaton jun r 


52 


53 


41 Jacob Woodward 


45 


28 


42 Sam 11 Little . 


50 


52 


43 John Ayer jun r 


43 


27 



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3ii 


44 Joshua Page . 


71 


2 


45 Edmund Page . 


37 


44 


46 Daniel Poore . 


40 


40 


47 Timothy Eaton 


61 


43 


48 Timothy Clements . 


69 


31 


49 Stephen whitacre 


34 


37 


50 John Plummer jun r 


47 


33 


51 Benf Eaton . 


66 


57 


52 Dan 11 Roberts . 


51 


18 


53 Deacon James Eaton 


62 


47 


54 Nath 11 Knight jun r . 


23 


62 


65 Tho s Whitacre 


24 


41 


56 James dishing Clerk 


46 


34 


57 Cutting Marsh 


75 


55 


58 William Eaton 


36 


38 


59 Stephen Poor a minor 


68 . 


25 


60 Obadiah Parry jun r 


72 


1 


61 James Urin 


78 


50 


62 Samuel Little jun r . 


57 


7 


Ministerial Lot 


32 


63 


Ministry .... 


31 


5 



The Draft of Eighteen shares Reserved to the Use of y e Propri- 
etors y e Grantors — viz fc — - 



order of draft 








N° 1 Law Lot N° 1 . . . N° 1- 


2 Mason & Thomlinson . 






6 


3 John Rindge 






17 


4 Sam 11 Solly & Clem' March 






3 


5 Tho s Wallingford . 






18 


6 Richard Wibird . 






9 


7 George Jaffrey 






15 


8 Theodore Atkinson 






11 


9 Mark Hunk g Wentworth 






7 


10 Joshua Peirce 






2 


11 John Moffatt 






8 


12 John Thomlinson . 






5 


13 John Wentworth . 






16 


14 Thomas Packer 






13 


15 Law Lot N° 2 






14 


16 Mary Moore & Peirce . 






4 



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312 CHARTER RECORDS. 

17 Meserve Blanchard ) -, 9 

Green & March ] ' ' ' ' iZ 

18 Jotham Odiorne ..... 10 

a true Draft — attest : Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Petition for Forfeited Lots, 1751.] 
[ Mason ian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 33.] 

May 15 — 1751 The Desier of the mager Part of the Proprioters 
of the tract of Land Granted to Cap 1 Obediah Parry and others is 
that the Granttors would Be pleased to Put us in a way to Git the 
money that we have Raised and shall have a Casion to Raise for the 
setteling the tract of Land By Dissposing of their Rights that are 
Delinquent to som body that will pay the money it is the desier of 
our sosiety that you would Be pleased to Give the Rights that are 
forfited to the Granttees that thay might disspose of them and might 
sell them to Such men as would Com in and set down with us there 
and pay there part of money with us. 

we should Be glad if we might have the Liberty of dis sposing of 
them By a vote of the mager part of us to sell them to such men as 
the sosioty shall Like 

Thomas Hale ) ^ ... 
Daniel Poor J Committ y 

The Right of asa Kimbel have not yet Ever paid to our treasurer 
one penny Bradford 

John Barker of Andover 

Samuel ayers of Haverhill 

James Urin of Haverhill 

Jacob Hancock of Hamsted 

Stephen wodwoord of Plastow 

Timothy Eatton of Haverhill 

these man Neglect to Pay there money 

we must wholy Rest the affare while we Have further Conforma- 
tion from your onners. 



[Another Petition for Forfeited Lots, 1751.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 34.] 

To y e Honurable Propritors of John Tufton Mason Esq r Rights in 
the Unaproprated Lands In the Province of New Hampshier — 



SUTTON. 



313 



Gentelmen 

This is to Pray the Favour of your Honours To Put us into Sum 
method How we shall Settel a Township Granted To Perry and 
other — Inasmuch as many of our Propriters or Sosiety are Back or 
allto Gether Negelent and Neglects To Pay any thing Tords the 
Defraying the Charges allredy Risen And we Know not what to 
Do — and theirfore we Prays your Honers favour, To Tak the 
Delinquent to your Selves or Put us into Sum Method Which 
way we shall Do that may Be most for the Intrest of our Province 
as well as our own 

Who are all Well wishers To the Promotion and Intrest of all our 
fellow creators — 

Plastow September y e 23 d 1751 

Joshua Page Joseph Noyce 



Daniel Poor 
James Graves 
Edw d Barnard 
Israel Webster 
Edmund Page 
Thomas Noyes 
Samuel Little jun 1 



Timothy Clements 
Samuel Little 
John Pecker Jun r 
John Currier 
Timothy Eaton 
James Heath 
Nathaniel Knight 
John Cogswell Jun 1 ' 



Thomas Hale 
James Clements 
Ja s Pecker 
Jonathan Poor 
Stephen Whitteker 
Thomas Whitteker 
Zebediah Sargant 
Cutten Marsh 



[Grant of Forfeited Shares to Town Proprietors, 1751.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Nov. 27, 1751, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 8, p. 35.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth November the 27 th 1751. Wenes- 
New Hampshire \ day six of the Clock afternoon at the house of Ann 
Slayton the Proprietors meet according to Adjournment 

Whereas the said Proprietors on the thirtieth day of November 
1749. Granted to Thomas Whiteacre John Ayer Jun r John Pecker 
& others a Certain Tract of Land of the quantity of Six miles Square 
Bounded as follows Viz* laying West of Kyahsargy Hill so called & 
Beginning at a Beech tree on the line of Number one so Called one 
hundred and fifty Six poles Due North from the mouth of a Brook 
which runs into Almsbury River so Called from thence running north 
Sixteen Degrees West Seven miles & Eighty Poles to a large Hem- 
lock Standing on the top of a Hill thence West five Degrees South 
five miles to a Beech Tree marked with Stones about it Thence 



314 CHARTER RECORDS. 

South Sixteen Degrees East Seven Miles & Eighty Poles to a white 
Oak marked on the line of Number Two So Called thence East five 
Degrees North five miles to the place Begun at — on Certain Terms & 
under such Limitations & Conditions as are Set forth in said Grant 
as may fully appear by said Grant Reference thereto being had 
among which Terms & Conditions there is this Reservation That in 
Case the Grantees & owners of Sixty Shares (therein Referred to) 
shall neglect fail & omit to make & perfect the said Settlement in 
manner as aforesaid that is as is Directed to & Set forth among the 
Limitations & Conditions aforesaid — According to the true Intent & 
meaning of the Several Articles matters & things therein mentioned 
by the owners of the Sixty Shares afores d to be done & performed 
such Grantees & owners shall Forfeit their Right & Interest in the 
said Granted Premises to the Grantors their Heirs & assigns — which 
also may more fully appear by Refference to said Grant — Now upon 
further Consideration of said Grant for promoting & advancing the 
Settlement according to the Intention of Said Propritors in making 
the said Grant and for a further Encouragement to those of the said 
Grantees who have or shall duly Comply with the Conditions & 
Terms aforesaid therefore Voted that the said Proprietors on the 
Conditions herein after mentioned Do hereby give Grant Remise 
Release assign Set over Convey & Confirm to the said Grantees last 
mentioned all the Interest property Right Inheritance Estate Claim 
& Demand whatsoever of the said Proprietors to Such forfeitures and 
forfeited shares both that are already & that shall hereafter be for- 
feited according to the true Intent & meaning & the force & Effect of 
the said Grant & Reservation aforesaid & All Right Authority Inter- 
est Estate Property Claim & Demand whatsoever which the said 
Proprietors have by Virtue of the Reservation afores d & any other 
Clause & Paragraph in the said Grant whereby the Right to such 
forfeitures is Vested in the said Proprietors to have & to hold to the 
said Grantees & their Associates heirs & assigns forever Provided 
nevertheless & on this Condition only Viz* that the said Grantees 
Settle or Cause the same to be Settled according to the true Intent 

& meaning of the said Grant first made & as is therein Set forth 

But in Default thereof such forfeited Rights & Shares shall revert & 
remain the property Right & Estate of the said Grantors their Heirs 
& assigns Exempted & Exonerated of & from the Expence burthen 
& Duty of Settling & Improving the same only at their Will & 
pleasure — 



SUTTON. 315 

[Correction of Former Vote, 1752.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Feb. 24, 1752.] 

Whereas the said Proprietors at their Meeting held at Portsmouth 
aforesaid on the twenty seventh Day of November Anno Dom : 1751 
past a Vote in Addition to a Vote past by them the thirtieth Day of 
Novemb 1 Anno Dom : 1749 Granting to Thomas Whittacre John 
Ayre Jun r John Pecker & others a Certain Tract of Land Described 
in the said Vote of the thirtieth of Novemb 1 ' aforesaid with the Terms 
and Conditions on which it was Granted which additional Vote was 
Designed to grant and Convey all such Rights & Shares of the 
Grantees named in the first Vote afores (l in & to the said Tract of 
Land, which according to the true Intent & meaning of the said Vote, 
then were or thereafter should be forfeited to the grantors — To those 
of the said Grantees who had not & should not so forfeit their said 
Rights & Shares. But yet on this Condition that those Persons who 
should so take the said Forfeited Shares should Settle the same ac- 
cording to the Tenor and meaning of the said first Vote within a 
Limited time which time was wholly Omitted & not Expressed in the 
Drafting the said Additional Vote by mere over Sight — 

Therefore Voted that The term of one year shall be & hereby is 
Granted & allowed to the Grantees of the said forfeited shares their 
Respective Heirs & assigns (according to the true Intent & meaning 
of the said second Vote) to perform & finish a Settlemen* thereof 
(according to y e Tenor of the s d first Vote) To be Computed from the 
time each Respective Forfeiture Accrewed or Shall hereafter accrew — 



[Names of Settlers, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 36.] 

Setlers Liveing in Perries Town 

Samuel Peesley — CorneliousBeen 

Ephraim Gile Jacob Davis 

Samuel Been Thos Cheeney 

a Saw mill 
Some more Trees Cut Down 

[Endorsed] Return of the Settlers in Perrys-Town— July 1771 



3l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[George Jaffrey to Town Proprietors, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 37.] 

Gentlemen 

The Proprietors of the Lands purchased of Jn° Tufton Mason 
Esqu r in New Hampshire, being Sensible that the Tract of Land 
called Parry's Town, is chiefly forfeited to the Grantors, by the Grantees 
not complying with the Terms and Conditions of their Grant — and 
the Grantors are therefore determined imediately to re-enter, and 
reasume their former Right & Possession of the forfeited Rights and 
Shares in Said Tract, and dispose of the Same by a new grant on new 
Terms — of which this is to advise you, that if any of you are disposed 
to make application toy e Grantors for a new Grant, you must Speedily 
apply for y e Same, or the forfeited land will be conveyed to others — 
by direction from y e Proprietors — this is from Gen 1 

y r Hum : serv 1 
Portsm July 18 th 1771— Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 

To the Granteers of the Tract of Land called Parry's Town in New 
Hampshire — 



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on, J 771.] 




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3l8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Report of Committee on Fo?°feiture$, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 38.] 

In pursuance of a Vote passed the 17 th July last we have examined 
into the state of the Townships of Parrys Town New Britton and 
Alexandria and do make the following Report thereupon 

That it appears to us the said Towns are all and each of them for- 
feited for non compliance with the Conditions of their respective 
Grants and are reseized by the Attorney of the Proprietors in pursu- 
ance of the Proviso's made in the Grants And we are of opinion 
the said Townships of Parry's town New Britton and Alexandria be 
appropriated to the Use and Benefit of the Proprietors reserving to 
certain Persons inhabiting and improving in each of the said Towns 
as follows. 

In the Township of Parry's town as appears by the Return of Jonas 
Minot Attorney and Agent to the Proprietors 

Seven Houses with Families resident in the said Town the whole 
Rights belonging to the Lots on which such houses are now built and 
Improvements made be reserved and confirmed to the Proprietors of 
such Rights. 

Also Eight Persons having begun improving on certain Lots in said 
Town but are not resident there, the said Lots should be confirmed to 
the Persons improving the same on Condition that they continue 
progressively improving said Lots and building a Dewelling House on 
each of the said Lots respectively within one Year — 

In the Township of New Britton as appears by the Return of Jonas 
Minot aforesaid 

Fourteen Houses with Families resident in the s d Town the whole 
Rights belonging to the said Houses and Improvements to be reserved 
to the Proprietors of the said Rights as abovemention'd in the Case of 
Perry's town 

Also Eight Persons have begun improving on certain Lots but are 
not resident in said Town the said Lots to be confirmed to the Im- 
provers on the Conditions mentioned above in the Case of Perrys 
town 

In the Township of Alexandria as appears by the Return of Jonas 
Minot aforesaid 

Three Houses with Families resident in the said Town the whole 
Rights belonging to the said Houses and Improvements to be reserved 
to the Proprietors of the said Rights as aforementioned in the Case of 
Perrys town 






SUTTON, 



319 



Also^ Six Persons have begun improving on certain Lots but are 
not resident in said Town the said Lots to be confirmed to the Im- 
provers on the Conditions mentioned above in the Case of Perrys 
town 

Also nine Persons have fell'd some few Trees but made no actual 
improvement on certain to be left to the Consideration of the Pro- 
prietors. 

Portsmouth J Fisher ) 

15 th Aug* 1771— W" 1 Whipple [ Committee 

Peter Pearse ) 

To the Proprietors of Masons Patent at their Meeting this Day 



[Complaint about Road, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 39.] 

Merrimack Sept r 23 d 1771 
Sir There is a piece of land belonging to Mason's proprietors, lying 
between Parrystown & Almsbury, commonly called the Gore, through 
which the road from Boscawen to Charlestown passes. You being 
usually the Moderator of s d proprietors meetings, I have taken the 
liberty of applying to you, to inform that the Com tee appointed to see 
that road compleated, employed people last Fall to cut Trees out of 
the way, that Horses & Sleds might pass, & it must be compleated 
very soon, all the rest of road, except through Hereford (w ch M r 
Fisher engages shall be done immediately) is fit for Teams to pass. 
It wou'd be a great hardship, and is what the proprietors, we pre- 
sume, do not desire, that those people who at a great expence, have 
made a good Road thirty or forty miles, should be deprived of the 
benefit of it, thro the want of abo* a mile & an half, it being not more 
than that thro' the Gore. We have tried several persons & their 
price is near Eighteen pounds L m y ^ mile this may appear an ex- 
travagant demand but the difficulties that attend making a Road 
there, owing to its being very Rocky, uneven & so soft in many place 
as to require Causeying, & several bridges to build, must necessarily 
make it expensive. We expect an answer very soon from some of 
them what will be their Lowest price w cb we do not expect will be 
much short of the sum mention'd. If the proprietors can do it cheaper, 
we shal rejoice at it & be glad to be eased of the trouble 
I am S r with great Respect 

Y r most hble serv 1 

E' G' Lutwyche 
The Hon ble Theo Atkinson Esq r 



320 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Atkinson to Jaffrey about Foregoing Complaint, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 40.] 

Portsm Octob r 9—1771 
7 o Clk A M 
S r I rec d the Enclosed Letter this moment & being unacquainted 
with the methods taken by the Proprietors can make no proper 
answer to Coll Lutwyche & which I must beg to referr to you & any 
others of the Propriety this Way must be cutt at our Expence or the 
Land will be Sold & I Question wether in will Sell for more than 
will make the road — I wish the weather & your Leizure would permit 
you to See some others & give Coll Lutwych Powar to Agree with 
Persons to finish our Parte if he (being one of the Com tee ) agrees we 
can have no future demand if otherways we may have disagreeable 
afterclaps I hope you'l write the Coll on the Affair I am with much 
respect 

Your obliged Humble Ser' 

Theodore Atkinson 



[Answer from Col. Lutwyche, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 41.] 

Merrimack Oct 1 21. 1771 
Sir 

Your favor of the 8 th ^ post I rec d & should have answer'd on his 
return, but when he call'd on me, it slip'd my mind; w ch neglect I 
take the earliest opp y of atoning for, by informing you, that I shall 
do every thing in my power, to get the Road compleated upon reason- 
able terms. A person was with me this morning, who insisted on 
Twelve pounds ^ Mile but we did not come to any agreement, if I 
can't get it done cheaper must come to his Terms. 

It will give we great pleasure to render either you or the proprie- 
tors any service in the power of 

Sir Your most Obed 

Hble serv* 

E G Lutwyche 
The Hon ble Geo Jaffrey Esq r 



SUTTON. 



321 



[Lutivyche to Jaffrey, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 42.] 

Merrimack Dec r 2 d 1771 

Sir 

I thought the Road, thro' the Gore, was near compleated: and your 
favor of the 22 d w ch came to hand the 30 th , did not a little perplex 
me, w ch I was relieved from last night, by receiving information that 
the person I had agreed with to finish it, when he view'd the Road 
was discourag d from undertaking it, at twelve pounds ^ Mile. The 
Season is so far advanced, it is now, next to impossible to compleat it 
'till next Spring, so that necessity supplies the place of inclination, to 
comply with your request, in behalf of the proprietors. 

The Road is, to be sure, very bad to make, & I made enquiry if 
that was the best place for a Road, & rec d information it was ; It 
seems they could have found a place less Rocky but more Hilly, w cb 
would not so well accomodate the public. The Com tee you will easily 
see, have no Authority to Lay out a road, but were to see one made 
where it was mark'd ; Yet we have alter'd it in several places, & 
should have done the same in the Gore, if we could have seen any 
advantage that would have resulted from it. We shall nevertheless 
rejoice if a better can be found. There was something done on that 
Road, by our ord r , to enable horses to pass last Fall ; the expence of 
w ch I will Lay before you soon. 

The Com tee flatter themselves that the public spiritness of the pro- 
prietors, will induce them to take the earliest opportunity in the 
Spring, to have the Road finish'd, as the new settlements Suffer many 
inconveniencs for want of it, & they in a great measure lose the ben- 
efit of the expence of making a Road from Charlestown 

It will at all times give me pleasure to evince my respect for the 
proprietors & to convince you how much I am 

Sir Y r very hble serv 1 

E G Lutwyche 






[Petition for More Time, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 43.] 

To the Grantees of John Tuften Mason Esq r 

The Memorial of a Com tee from the Proprietors of Perrys Town So 
Called humbly Sheweth 

Whereas it was resolved Some Months Ago by a Com tee of the 

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322 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Masonian Proprieters that the Proprietors of Said Perrys Town 
Should Surrender to the Masonian proprietors fifteen rights in Said 
Town for their Neglect to perform the Conditions of their Grant and 
for granting a further term for Settlem* — A Copy of which resolve 
was laid before the proprietors of Said Town in their Meeting on the 
5th day of November last when it was Voted and Resolved Viz " we 
" think the terms proposed too hard and that our Com tee apply to 
" the Masonian Proprietors or their Com tee for More favourable terms" 
— we Therefore Pray that you will Again take the matter under con- 
sideration — and as it is difficult now to determine what rights Should 
be forfieted we request that you will grant Us a Term not more then 
one year to Compleat the Settlem* conditioned for a full and final 
forfleture of all the rights that Shall not be duly Setled in that term 
or Such other terms And Conditions as You may think reasonable 
Portsm May : 1772 Enoch Bartlet 

Josiah Bartlett 



\Letter from Town Committee, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 44.] 

To the Com tee of Masons Propriety Gent : 

Your proposals of the 29 th of May was laid before the proprietors 
of Perrys Town in their Meeting on the 8 th of June instant when it 
was Voted that we As a Comt ee Should apply to the Masonian Pro- 
prietors and fully Settle terms as we might think proper, But as it 
was a thin Meeting and Not quallified for Such vote and many of the 
Greatest Proprietors do object to the Proceedings or to any applica- 
tion at present therefore we cannot pretend to fully adjust and Settle 
the affair — 

The terms proposed are Such that it does Amount to Ten dollars 
on Each right those that are Setled included, which Are far harder 
then we expected or yet hope for For by them not only the rights of 
many may be forfieted but their Bonds also, and they who pay the 
money if but 40 or 50 in Number will be obliged to defray the whole 
Charge as a Town for highways Preaching &c which would put those 
who incline to go forward into a perplex'd Situation 

There can be no application regularly made by a Com tee with power 
to close the affair till a meeting is called for that purpose 

As Some of the principal Proprietors are averse to making proposals 
we do^ conclude that it would be best for all Such of the delinquent 
Proprietors as are willing to Join in a Petition To request of the 



SUTTON. 323 

Masonian Proprietors, that they may on reasonable terms with Proper 
Conditions be quieted in their rights by a Grant Made to them of 
their Respective rights by the former grant and of all the Remainder 
of the 60 rights in S d Town (those which are adjudg'd Setled 
Excepted) with a reserve that Said Remainder not Setled Shall be 
for the petitioners associated, they for Some Months giving prefference 
to those who were proprietors of them by the former grant and after 
that term of months to Such persons as they may admit on reasonable 
terms 

We would propose that if every other Proprietor on admission or 
at the making the grant give Bond for a due Settlem* it may also be 
injoined on those who have Setled there And Not compleated their 
Settlements — And considering the advantage the Masonian Prop rs 
may expect by forfieted rights and on the forfieture of Bonds we con- 
clude that they will be content with four or five dollars for the 
reinstating each delinquent — And we pray that they will consider 
And State the terms And Conditions they would Make with Such 
Petitioners and it will Oblige a Considerable Number of Said Pro- 
prietors — and y r Humb e Serv ts — 

June 16 th 1772— Enoch Bartlet 

Timothy Ladd 



[Proposals of Masonian Proprietors, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 45.] 

Portsmouth July 22 d 1772 Mem° of the 2 (l Proposals of the Com* 
of Masons Propriety, to the Comt e of the Proprietors of Parrys Town, 
Viz* — The Grantees pay unto the Grantors £120 L M y on Acco't of 
the first Grant not being comply'd with — A new Charter to be made 
to the Grantees, with two Years time to fullfill the terms of the Old 
one (excepting settling a Minister), All the Rights that hath not the 
duty done at the Expiration of the two Years, to Revert to the 
Grantors — The Grantees in one Month after the two years is out to 
give the Grantors on Oath an Account of all the Settlements & 
Improvements in Said Town, Personall Security for Settlement to be 
give, as by the first Grant — 

By desire of the Committee 

Peter Pearse 



324 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Agreement for Settlement, 1772. J 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 46.] 

Province of ) 
New Hampshire > Portsmouth Aug* 7 th 1772 

Rockingham ss ) Memorandum of an agreement made this day, 
between the Committee of Mason's Propriety and a Committee of the 
Proprietors of Parry's Town viz* that the masonian Propriety shall 
make & execute a new grant, or charter of said Parry's Town to such 
Persons as hold under the former Grantees or Proprietors of said 
Town giving them the Liberty of two years from the 5 th of Novem- 
ber next to fulfill the terms injoined by the former grant (setling a 
minister excepted) and that the rights that hath not the duty of Set- 
tlement done on them at the expiration of said two years, shall be for- 
feited to those of the Proprietors of said Town who shall have com- 
pleated their Settlements, who shall have full power to enter on all 
such rights, and to have one year from the 5 th November 1774 to per- 
form the Settlements, which being performed, shall have an absolute 
right to dispose of them as they shall think proper, but at the expir- 
ation of three years from the 5 th Nov r 1772 every Grantees right or 
share in said Town whereon the duty of settlement is not fully com- 
plyed with, shall revert to the Grantors their Heirs or Assigns, and 
in Consideration of said grant, or charter the said Grantees of Parry's 
Town, to give good security for the payment of one hundred Pounds 
lawfull money in three months from the Above date N B it was 
agreed before Signing that one Year More be Alow (1 for Settlem* 

Enoch Bartlet 
Josiah Bartlett 
Timothy Ladd 
Sam 11 White 

Mem it is a Gree'd by the Proprietors of Masons Patent that a 
Grant be made out agreable to the within Agreement the Grantees 
complying on their part, with the agreement 

Portsm Aug* 13 th 1772 at the Proprietors Meeting 

attest. Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 

Portsm Aug 1 12 1773 Rec d of Enoch Bartlet of Haverhill Esq r 
Fifty Pounds Lawfull money in part of the within mentioned Sum of 
One hundred Pound and it is Agreed by the Said Bartlett in behalf 
of the Committee for Parrys Town so Called, with the Committee of 
Masons Proprietors that Interest shall be paid for the within men- 
tioned One hundred Pounds from the time it was Payable by the 



SUTTON, 



325 



within Agreement to the payment of the same with said Interest, and 
that notwithstanding the money be not paid Agreable to said Agree- 
ment. Yet at the next meeting of the Proprietors which stands 
adjorn d to Wednesday next the Proprietors will Pass the Grant 
Agreed upon on Payment of the Remainder of the money and Interest 
afores d or good Security for Payment of, the Same with y e Interest 
within Six Months from this Date — 

By Order and in Behalf of said Proprietors Committee — 

a Copy Geo JafTrey 



[Petition of Jonathan Carleton, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 47.] 

To the Honorabell Gentelmen Purchasers of the Honor 1 John Tuf- 
ten masons Patten in the Province of New Hamps hr in New England — 
The Petision of the Subscriber Humbly Sheweth — That whereas I 
am apointed by the Honora bl Judge of Probates for the Countey of 
Rockingham, Gardean and trustee of the Estate of Thomas Hale of 
Adkinson minor, Sone and onely heir of Thomas Hale of Hampstead 
who Deceas* aboute Seventeen years Since — and Left Thomas Hale 
of Said Adkinson Granfather to the Said Thomas Hale minor Sur- 
vifeing his Sone Thomas of Hampstead, Gave by will to his Granson 
Thomas a Rite in Perrys Town So Caul d and through the Neglect of 
frinds, or Sume misfortune, the Said write is not Setled according to 
the Charter of Said Town Ship and thereby forfited, and Your Peti- 
sinor Since apointed Gardean as afores d which is of Late, hath paid 
all Charge on s d write, In Clearing the Grate Roade through S d 
Town, and as your Honor s hath agreed with the propriators of S d 
Township for a Sertain Sum of money, and Gave them a further 
Limated time for the Settlement thereof, your petisionor prays your 
Honors to Consider this promising Youth, and bestow upon him his 
parte of the Charge on his Rite, for the Sum of money agreed for, 
for the new Charter and privalage in further Setling Said Town, and 
Since the S d Thomas hath bin under my Care, I have Bound him 
oute to a Trade, and he haveing no money Left him by his father, nor 
any Incum of the Estate Left him by his Granfather, your petisionor 
prays Your Honors, to take the affair Into Consideration and bestow 

that Charity that in your wisdom Shall think fit 

And Your Petisinor In Dutey Bound Shall Ever pray 

Dated Hampstead Septe m 11 1772 — Jonathan Carleton 



326 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Sutton Charter Renewed, 1773.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Aug. 18, 1773.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth August 18 tb 1773, Wednesday three 
New Hampshire \ of the Clock afternoon at the dwelling house of 
James Stoodly Esq r Innholder, The Proprietors meet according to 
Adjournment — 

Whereas the said Proprietors on the thirtieth day of November 
A D 1749. Granted to Thomas Whitacre, John Ayer jun r John 
Pecker and others, a certain tract of land of the quantity of Six miles 
square, commonly called by the name of Parrys Town, bounded as it 
is at large set forth in said Grant, on certain Terms and under such 
limitations and conditions as are contained in the same Grant, as will 
fully appear by refference thereto — And Whereas the said Proprie- 
tors afterwards at a legal meeting held at Portsmouth by adjourn- 
ment on Wednesday the twenty seventh day of November, A D 1751. 
at the house of Ann Slay ton, upon farther consideration of said 
Grant, and for further encouragement to those of said Grantees who 
had complyed or should duly comply with the conditions and terms of 
said Grant, Voted that said Proprietors Grant, remise, release, assign, 
sett over, convey & confirm to the said Grantees last mentioned, all 
the right and property of the said Grantors, to such forfeitures and 
forfeited Shares, as were, or should be forfeited, according to the true 
intent and meaning of the conditions of said first Grant, to hold to 
said last mentioned Grantees upon condition that they settle or cause 
the same to be settled according to the true intent and meaning of 
said first Grant, but in default thereof the same to remain and revert 
to the said Grantors, as mention'd in said first Grant, as will among 
other things fully appear by said Vote. — 

Whereas the said Proprietors at their legal Meeting held at Ports- 
mouth aforesaid on Monday the twenty fourth day of February A D 
1752 by adjournment at the house of Ann Slayton, by another Vote 
in addition to said lastmentioned Vote, granted and allowed the 
Term of one year to the Grantees of the said forfeited Shares, their 
respective Heirs & Assigns, according to the true intent of said 
second vote, to perform the settlement thereof (according to the 
terms of said first Grant) to be computed from the time that each 
respective forfeiture accrued, or should Accrue, — And Whereas the 
time for the performance of the conditions contained in said first and 
additional Grants, is long past, and the conditions thereof unper- 
formed, whereby the property of said Granted Lands, hath reverted 
to the said Grantors, and for the breach of said conditions, the said 
Grantors have reentered into & upon each of said Shares, and thereby 
have become reseized of the whole of said Granted Land. And 



SUTTON. 327 

Whereas the said Grantees, and their assigns being duly convinced 
that said Land is justly forfeited according to the conditions of said 
first Grant, and having solicited said Grantors to indulge the said 
Grantees and their Assigns, with a longer time to perform the condi- 
tions of the said first Grant, and to dispence with the settlement of a 
Minister according to one condition Mentioned in said first Grant, and 
the said Grantors being desirous to encourage the settlement of said 
Land, and to give said Grantees, and their Assigns all reasonable 
indulgence for that Purpose. — Therefore (according to agreement 
made with said Grantees the 7 Ul day of August 1772) — 

Voted That the said Thomas Whitacre, John Ayer jun r John 
Pecker and others mention'd in said first Grant, and their respective 
Heirs and Assigns have two years from the fifth day of November 
next, to perform the conditions limitations & Reservations contained 
in the said first Grant, (Except the settling a Minister there, which 
condition only, is hereby released by said Grantors) that all the 
Rights or Shares in said Granted lands, whereon the duty of settle- 
ment shall not be performed, within the said term of two Years last- 
mention 'd, in manner as mention'd in said first Grant, shall be 
forfeited and belong to such of said Grantees, their heirs and Assigns, 
as shall have compleated their settlements and performed their duty 
according to said Grant within the said farther term of two years 
aforesaid, and such Grantees, their respective heirs and assigns shall 
have full power to enter upon such forfeited Rights or shares, and 
become seized & possessed thereof to his or their own use forever, 
upon condition that such Grantee or Grantees as shall have per- 
formed his or their duty in manner aforesaid, shall perform the duty 
required by the said first Grant and this additional Grant, upon such 
forfeited Right or Share within one year after the Expiration of said 
two Years, but in case the duty required to be done by said Grant 
(except as before excepted) on each particular right or Share in said 
granted premises agreeable to the further term of time hereby- 
granted, is not performed, Then each and every such right or Share 
there shall be forfeited, and revert to the said Grantors their Heirs 
and Assigns, as though this Grant had never been made, & it shall be 
lawfull for the said Grantors, their heirs or assigns or any person 
under them, to reenter into, and become reseized of each and every 
such forfeited Right or share in s d granted premises To Have and to 
Hold said Granted Premises with the Appurtenances thereof, to them 
the said Grantees their heirs and Assigns, upon the conditions, Reser- 
vations & Limitations contained in this and the said first Grant, to 
and for the use and benefit of the said Grantees, their heirs and 
Assigns forever. — 



328 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Surveyor's Report on Three Lots, 1808.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 48.] 

Suton August 30 th 1808— 

Sir at your reqest we the Subscribers have been to Sutton and 
after Surveying and New Spotting tthe lines round the lots N° 5 & 7 
we thought it best to Divide them into Small lots which we have done 
as you may See by the plan of the Same — agreeable to your request 
we inform that Ninety Acres has been Sold off of N° 5 by M r Samuel 
Peasley Cunstable for Peristown in the year 1777 for taxes and other 
Due charges to Peter Peasley, and fifty acers of s d land by s d Peter con- 
veyed to Caleb Kimbal who now lives on s d primises the remainder 
forty acres was by s d Peter conveyed to James Taylor & by James 
Taylor, to Joseph Town who now ocopyes s d land — 

We further State that M r Caleb Kimbal has made Some improve- 
ments on A part of the remainder of N° five 

We also have Surveyed N° 7 and divided it into three lots as you 
may See by the plan but as to its Quality we must give it but an 
indiferant recommendation 

It appears there is two men by the Name of John and William 
Palmer's who Say they had incuragement from you for the Sale of s d 
land and on that incuragement they have ventured to make Some im- 
provements and are now living on s d premises, who wishes Still to pur- 
ches if s d land can be had on Reasonable terms 

As to N° Six we are unable to give you a full Discription thereof 
but by what we have Seen by going round s d land it appears there is 
Some good land thereon and A man by the Name of Chase has cut 
down 2 or 3 acers on s d lot and left it as it is — 

You will find by the plan at the Easterly Eend of s d lots there is A 
line Sixty Rods from the line of s d lots marked fully with the pen 
(which appears by information from the inhabitants and other Record 
of the town called the Gore) to be the town line of Sutton, if that be 
true s d lots will hold out largely in measure and may Still be Sur- 
veyed, But we could not See our way Clear to Survey said land with- 
out further information which mus be attended with Some Expence 
as s d information cannot be had without Runing the town line from 
corner to corner, Except the town of Sutton and the Gore so called 
Shall Establish the Same — 

As to the land which we Surveyed for you in the town of Washing- 
ton the Sumer past we are not capasiated to give you A Just Estimate 
thereof, as we onely traversed the outlines of s d land, but if you would 
wis to have our Estimate the Expence will be but trifling as we could 
in the conrce of two Dayes inspect the whole of s d land 



SUTTON. 



329 



If you wold wish to have s d Business Done pleas to inform us by 
the Barer hereof 

A plication is made for A part of the above mentioned land in 
Washington 

We Subscribe ourselves your cencear friends, &c — 

Samuel Gunnison 
Stephen Hoyt Jun 1 



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332 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

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[Criticism of Dudley's Boad, 1776.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 50.] 

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thereabout from Duncan 8 or Bare Pond to be cut Straight, Wider & 
Stump lower The remainder of the Road to Lovel River will Answer 
for Wedth but what Crossway g & Bridging there is not quite Suffi- 
cient, some few Trees & some partly cut down to be clear'd Out & 
Stumps cut Lower ; The Remainder of the Road into Tam worth which 
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[Criticism of Dudley's Road, 1776.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 50.] 

Mem Nov r 28 th 1776 Cap* Dudley's Road the first half Mile or 
thereabout from Duncan 8 or Bare Pond to be cut Straight, Wider & 
Stump lower The remainder of the Road to Lovel River will Answer 
for Wedth but what Crossway s & Bridging there is not quite Suffi- 
cient, some few Trees & some partly cut down to be clear'd Out & 
Stumps cut Lower ; The Remainder of the Road into Tarn worth which 
is cheifly Pine will do except the cuting out the stool Oaks in some 




have Surveyed & I 



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hicli pine Tree on die : 

ch tree on the I'loviiite 
riming North 8e Degr. 



orthly side of ossit 



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it.d and Marked 



rked J:H 1775 ' L:T. from t 

■st Six Miles 38 Rods to a VVIi 

Riming S 86 Degrees West 248 
,p .led In ,11 tl.ei.ee Km. 1.11; South 7Si>.-grc- s West five miles 48 Rods to ,. Spruec t 
from thence on the North" Mile line of Sandwich Sanding on v Westh Side of a m. 

from thence Riming South eight Miles i and 44 Rods to a Red oak 1'ree Mai ke.l s !• .: t. ill,, ■ingi' .-> r t-i 

I ■ H- M It 1771 it I, in- i" Norlh wesllt ' orn.-r.if 1'uftenbnrough from theme Rumng S 8,- Ug.ee, hast 10 „ Mil, s _fi Rods to . 
mf.cnlmronghfroni.heme-RuniiigSoui:.-!,.; Degrees East Close two Miles : 3 S Rod, .0 a l.c,-. I, ,r. e M o -.1 I 1 7 74. \ -J I- , 

hundred acre, l..„, thence k , North 4 S 1--I on the five I,, e.l .i.ies lulls three Miles 2 5 6 R ids .0 ossipee 

Riming on y Norlhly Side ol ossipee pond and May : to the place began al-Surveyed and Run and well Spotted By- 
May 1775 



of Vacant Land lying i being 

the Pattent line >■' other Way as followed. 

thence Runing North 4 J i Degrees hast Six Miles 204 

8 Career E^T Miles' ij^Rods .0 a beecli Tree Marked s : h : C : j II ,775 ■> '—.j £ . E: Corner o, 

■ •■ '■ 'einjryS.W. Corner of Conway from thence run. North one Mile ,0 so I, to a 

Runing So.,,1 I \\ 1 e II II Sonne ree Marked and 

hemeSouih ;S D-g.e., Wet. one Mile,..,. Roils to.,, piuce tre, Spo„ .1 e, marked J I . ,, ,. ■ -- 

'.,., I! 1 1 1 M k IW Bryent. NIL I N ' , . ! I I 

- it bcim- V North wesllv Cornel of thai tract ol Land I lay d out last Sumel 
it a butten wood or pear Tree Marked J H. 1774^ J L; A L: from thence 



in Loveits Town line Spoted & marked With y 
nee Runing 

Maple fee Marked S: \V 
1 White pine Tree 11 



James Hersey 



TAMWORTH. 333 

places.— The Road in General is Straight & carried as Nigh Ossepe 
Mountain as possable to go to Tarn worth being but just a Good Pass- 
able way between S d Mountain & Bare Camp River — 

Henry Rust 



[Memoranda, 1777.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 50.] 

The Rode to be Repaird from Wakefield to Levits Town — and 
Cap* John Lovit of Levits Town and Cap fc Benj a Levit of North Hill 
will Undertake to do It—If Can Agree with the Proprietors — 

July 16, 1777 M r Joshua Nichason and others are apprehensive 
that by their Settlements under Col Moulton in Tamworth that they 
have Got Beyond his Line, upon the Proprietors Claim in the Un- 
granted Lands therefore desire that If it shou'd Appear so that they 
have Got upon said Land, woud be Glad to be Quieted by the Pro- 
prietors upon Such Terms as they Can Agree — 



[Petition for Repairs on Road, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 51.] 

To the Proprietors Purchasers of John Tufton Mason Esq rs Claim 
in New Hampshire — 

The Petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants of Sandwich Tamworth 
& places adjacent, Humbly shew, that a good & proper Waggon Road 
from Tamworth through your Land to Wolfborough is much wanted : 
the present Road for that Purpose made by Cap fc Dudley & others, 
wanting great Repairs, & is in every Respect unfit for passing with 
any kind of Carriages & exclusive of the Necessary Repairs of the 
Road Two considerable Bridges on the same Road are of absolute 
Necessity to render said Road useful, the one of said Bridges over 
Lovels River & the other over Beach River ; the want of which has 
put the Publick in this Quarter to great Inconvenience in carrying on 
their Business — Wherefore your Petitioners pray that you woud erect 
said Bridges & make said Road fit for passing with Waggons as soon 
as may be & your Petitioners shall pray. 

Novem r 20 th 1779 



334 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Ebenezer meloon 
Jeremy Bryent 
Ezekiel Mortton 
John Tappen 
Nathaniel Weed 
Moses weed 
Stephen mason 
Jonathan Page 
Nathan Beede 
Nathaniel Eth ridge 
Enoch True 
John Prescut 
James Chase 
william Eastman 
Nathan 1 Shannon 



David Folsom 
Jacob Brown 
Win thro p Smith 
Henry Weed 
Bagly Weed 
nehenah Cram 
Benj a Brown 
Nath 1 watson 
Jacob Jewell 
Elias Ladd Ju r 
Joshua Prescut 
Daniel Beede J 1 
John Jewell 
Enoch Remeck 
John Sanderson 
Philip Burdoc 



Mark Blackey 
John Hubburd 
Bradburey Jewell 
Stephen Scribner 
Ezekiel French 
Samuel Tappen 
Elezer Chambelin 
Daniel Beede 
Aaron Beede 
Thomas Burley 
Josiah Been 
Timothy Medar 
Victorious Smith 
Duncan mcNaughton 
Enoch Sanderson 



[ Warning against Trespass, 1782.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 52.] 

State of ) Whereas Jon a Moulton of Hampton in said State, 
New Hamp re ( hath lately advertised in the Boston & New Hamp r 
Gazzets, sundry Lots of Land in the Townships as he calls them of 
Eaton, Tamworth &c & to which he has no just Title. — These are 
therefore to caution all Persons against purchasing any of said rights, 
which are within the Line of Masons Grant, the Proprietors of which 
have now a Surveyor employed in running out the same lands, which 
when compleated they shall dispose of, And as the said Proprietors by 
their advertisement, published in the New Hampshire Gazette, Nov 1 ' 
23, 1770 — warned all Persons against trespassing on or entering 
into those Lands owned by them, they now repeat the caution, being 
determined to prosecute every such Person, to the utmost rigor of the 
Law in behalf and by order of Said Proprietors 

Portsm 29 March 1782 Geo: Jaffrey Prop 18 CI 



TEMPLE. 



335 



TEMPLE. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors June 30, 1750, as Peterborough Slip, also 
known as Sliptown, which included the town of Sharon. Incorporated as Temple 
Aug. 26, 1768, and named in honor of John Temple. A dispute about a strip of 
land between this town and New Ipswich terminated in favor of Temple. "Bor- 
land's Farm 11 was annexed Jan. 12, 1781. A portion of Peterborough was annexed 
Jan. 29, 1789, and a portion of Lyndeborough June 11, 1796. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes; XIII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 547 ; Index to Laws, 540 ; sketch, Hurd's History of 
Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 672; History, by H. A. Blood, i860, pp. 352; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 242; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. 
Cummings, 1836, p. 10 ; Glass-Making in the Merrimack Basin, by E. Brown, Old 
Residents 1 Historical Association, Contributions, vol. 2, p. 180; The Miller Man- 
sion, by F. M. Colby, 3, Granite Monthly, 6.] 



[Plan of Peterborough Slip.'] 




This is a plan of the Township Called Petersborough Slip As Lotted 
out the Ranges Are 160 rods in Wedth and the first fifteen Courses of 
lotts Are Eighty rods wide the Remainder are One Hundred And 
twenty the East line is North And South the South line is N° 80. W. 
the West line Parellell with the East the North line East & West 
Finished Oct r 1750 f Sam 1 Cumings Sury r 

Copy From y e Files of the Prop rs of the Above Township Exam (l $ 

Joseph Blanchard Jun r Prop rs Clerk 



336 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Charter of Peterborough Slip, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 53, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 147.] 

Province of ) Pursuant To the Power and Authority Granted 
New Hampshire ) and Vested In me by the Prop rs of Lands Pur- 
chassed of John Tuffton Mason Esq r in the Province of New Hamp re 
aforesaid by them passed at their Meeting Held at Portsmoth In said 
Province the 16 th of June 1749— 

I Do by thes Presents on the Termes and Limitations herafter 
Expressed Give & Grant all the Right possession and Property of 
the Prop s aforesaid Unto Zacheus Lovewell Pelegg Lawrance John 
Combs James Kelly Sampson French Jonathan Hubbard Benj a French 
Jonathan Cumings Jun 1 ' Samuel Greele Peter Powers William Spauld- 
ing John Lovewell Jun r John Hubbard John Gage Jonathan Hubbard 
Jun 1 ' Joseph Winn Jun r Benj 11 Bellows Ezra Carpenter Josiah Brown 
Timothy Taylor Jotham Rindge Nehemiah Abott John Fowle Robert 
Boyes Joseph Bianchard Jun r John Hill John Kendall Joseph French 
Daniel Taylor Matthew Thornton Jonathan Whitney John Stevenes 
Samuel Cumings Eleazer Bianchard To the Said Peter Powers three 
Rights to the Said Ezra Carpenter three Rights or Shares to the Said 
Matthew Thornton two Shares to the Said Timothy Taylor two 
Shares to the said Nehe 11 Abott two Shares the Aforenamed one 
Share Each, of In and to that Tract of Land or Township Lying In 
the Province of New Hamps r Afores* 1 Between the Township Called 
Petersburrough and New Ipswich Bounded as followeth Begining at 
the Southwest Corner of Petersburrough Af ores' 1 and runs from 
thence East by the Needle Six miles to a Black Burch tree marked 
the Southeast Corner of Petersburough from Thence North by the 
Needle one Hundred rods from thence East one mile and a Quarter 
to the Corner of N° 2 from thence South five miles to the southwest 
Corner of y e Township N° 2 and the Northwest of N° 1 and the North 
East Corner of New Ipswich from thence North Eighty Degrees west 
Seven miles and a Quarter to the South East Corner of Middle Menad- 
nock Township from thence North to the first Bounds Mentioned 

To Have and to Hold to them ther Heirs and Assignes Excepting as 
Afores' 1 And on the following terms And Conditions (that is to say) 
that the Whole Tract of Land Afores* 1 be Divided into Sixty three 
Equal Shares and that Each Share Contain Lotts Equitably Coupled 
togather and Drawn for at Dunstable at or Before the Last Day of 
October Next In Som Equitable maner 

That three of the Afores d Shares be Granted and appropriated free 
from all Charge one for the first Settled Minister in said Township 



TEMPLE. 337 

for the Suport of the Ministry and one for the School there forever 
One Lott for Each Said Share to be first Lay'd out in the most Con- 
veniant Place Near the Middle of Said Town, and Lotts Coupled to 
them so as not to be Drawn for — 

That Eighteen of the said Shares be Reserved for the Grantors of 
the Premises their Heirs and Assignes forever and aquited from all 
Duty And Charge Untill Improved by the Owners or Some Holding 
Under Each of them Respectively — 

That the Other owners of the Said Rights make Settlement at their 
own Expence In the following manner Viz fc all the Lotts to be Lay'd 
out and Drawn In the following Manner at the Grantees Expence that 
all the Lotts In Said Township be Subjected to have all Necessary 
roads Lay'd thro them free from Charge as hereafter there Shall be 
Ocation 

That within five Yeares from the Day of the Date hereof forty of 
the Shares Belonging to the Afore mentioned Grantees viz* each 
Share Exclusive of y e Share Granted to Jotham Rindge and of one of 
the Shares Granted unto Peter Powers, Be Entered upon and three 
acres at the Least Clered Inclosed And Fited for mowing or Tillage 
And that within the term of one Year then Next Coming there be 
On each of the Said Forty Shares a house Built of a Room Sixteen 
feet Square at the Least fitted and finished for Comfortable dwelling 
in and Som person Resident therein and Continue Inhabitancy or 
Residance there three Years then Next Coming With the Additionall 
Improvements of two aceres each Year for Each Settler — 

That Each of the Said Grantees at the Executing this Instrument 
pay twenty pounds old Ten r to Defray the Necessary Charges Risen 
and Ariseing in s (1 Township to be Deposited in the hands of Such 
Person as the Grantees Shall Chuse being a Freeholder and a Resi- 
dant in the Province of New Hampsh r That a good Conveniant Meet- 
ing house be built In Said Township as Conveniant to the Settlers as 
may be Within two years Next after the Whole duty is to be Done 
as afores d and ten acres Reserved for publick use where the Said 
House Shall be Built 

That the Aafores' 1 Grantees or their Assignes by a Maj r Vote In 
Publick Meetings grant and Assess Such Further Sums of money as 
they Shall think necessary for Compleating and Carrying forward the 
Settlement afores d and any of the Grantees Exclusive of three Pub- 
lick Lotts who Shall neglect for the Space of three Months Next after 
Such assessment Shall be Granted and made to pay the Same so much 
of Such Delinquents Right Respectively Shall or may be Sold as will 
pay the Tax and all Charges ariseing thereon by the Prop rs Com'itee 
appointed for That purpose — 
22 



338 CHARTER RECORDS. 

That all White pine trees fitt for masting his Majestys Royal Navy 
Growing on Said Tract of Land be and Hereby Are Granted to his 
Majestyes his Heirs And Successors for ever — 

And in Case any of the Said Grantees Shall neglect or Refuse to 
Perform any of the articles Aforementioned he Shall Forfet his Share 
& Right in Said Township and every part and Parcell thereof to those 
of the S d Grantees that Shall have Complyed with the Conditions on 
their part therein Expressed and It Shall and may be Lawfull for 
them or any Person by their Authority to Enter into and upon the 
Right of Such Delinquint owner And any and every part thereof in 
the Name of the Whole of the Settlers That Shall Fulfill As afores d 
and him to amove oust and Expell for their use Their heirs and 
Assignes Provided they Settle or Cause to be Settled each Such Dilin- 
quent Right within the Space of one Year at the Furthest from the 
Said Period that is by this Indenture Stipulated to be Don as the 
Condition of this Grant and fully Discharge and Comply With the 
whole Duty Such Delinquent Ought to have done within one Year 
after the Respective periods thereof and In Case the S d Grantees full- 
filling on their part as afores d Shall Neglect fullfilling as Afores d the 
Duty of any Delinquent Owner nor he himself perform it as Afores d 
that then Such Share or Shares Shall be forfited Revert and Belong to 
the Grantors their heirs and Assignes and be wholey at their Disposall 
Allways Provided there be no Indian War Within any of the Termes 
and Limitations afores d for doing the duty Condition'd In this Grant — 
And In Case that Should Happen the Sam tim to be Allowed for the 
Respective Matters afores' 1 after Such Impediment Shall be Removed 

Lastly the Said Grantors do hereby promis to the Said Grantees 
their Heirs and Assignes to Defend thro the Law to King and Coun- 
cill If Need be On Action that Shall or may be Brought against them 
or Nomber of them by any person or persons What so ever Claiming 
the S d Lands or any part thereof by any other title than of the Said 
Grantors or that by which they hold and Derive theres from Provided 
the said Grantors are Avouched in to Defend the Same and that In 
Case on Final Tryal the same Shall be Recovered against the Grantors 
for the Said Lands Improvements or Expence in Bringing forward the 
Settlement and further that the Said Grantors will pay the Necessary 
Expence of time and money that any Other person or persons Shall 
be put to by any other Sute or Sutes that Shall be brought against 
them or any of them the S d Grantees for Tryall of the Title before 
one Sute Shall be fully Determined in the Law. To all Which 
Premises Joseph Blanchard Agent for and In Behalf of the Said 
Grantors on the one part and Grantees on the Other part Have here- 



TEMPLE. 



339 



unto Inter Changebley Set their hands and seals this thirtyeth Day of 
June in the twenty fourth Year of his Majestys Reign. A D. 1750 



Joseph Blanchard 



L S 



A True Coppy of The Grant of Petersburrough Slip Attest ^ 

Joseph Blanchard Jun r Pro s Clerk 



[Draft of Lots, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 54, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 153.] 



Petersburrough Slip Township. 




Zacheus Lovewell ... 


i 


1 


4 


8 


8 


17 


5 


Peleg Lawrance 












2 


2 


4 


16 


6 


13 


8 


John Combs . 












4 


2 


2 


14 


6 


11 


7 


James Kelley . 












5 


2 




9 


8 


9 


5 


Sampson French 












IO 


7 




13 


5 


14 


2 


Jon a Hubburd 












ii 


8 




1 


8 


9 


7 


Benj a French . 












12 


9 




18 


6 


12 


5 


Jon a Cumings Jun r 












13 


12 




2 


3 


1 


5 


Sam 1 Greele Jun r 












14 


13 




7 


8 


*5 


7 


Peter Powers . 












17 


4 


8 


12 


2 


13 


3 


Peter Powers . 












18 


3 


7 


2 


10 


8 


6 


Peter Powers . 












19 


4 


7 


8 


4 


15 


2 


W m Spaulding 












20 


5 


7 


16 


1 


20 


3 


Jn° Lovewell Jun r 












22 


3 


6 


17 


4 


19 


2 


Jn° Hubbard . 












23 


4 


6 


21 


3 


20 


2 


Jn° Gage 












24 


5 


6 


14 


4 


15 


4 


Jon a Hubbard Jun r 












25 


2 


6 


15 


6 


12 


8 


Jos : Winn Jun r 












26 


3 


5 


1 


1 


3 


2 


Benj a Bellows 












27 


5 


2 


2 


9 


9 


6 


Ezra Carpenter 












28 


6 


2 


21 


2 


21 


1 


Jose;h Brown 












30 


8 


2 


9 


4 


15 


1 


Timothy Taylor 












32 


10 


2 


1 1 


4 


10 


5 


Jotham Rindge 












34 


5 


7 


16 


4 


19 


1 


Nehe h Abbot . 












35 


6 


3 


23 


5 


18 


2 


John Fowle 












37 


8 


3 


5 


9 


7 


5 


Rob 4 Boyes Esq 












39 


10 


3 


15 


5 


14 


3 


Jos Blanchard Jun r 












40 


4 


4 


13 


7 


12 


7 


Jn« Hill Esq . 












4i 


5 


4 


13 


2 


20 


6 



34° 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Petersburrough Slip Township. 




Jn° Kendall 


42 


6 


4 


10 


8 


11 


8 


Minester Lotts 










43 


7 


4 


24 


3 


16 


3 


Ministry Lotts 










44 


4 


5 


8 


5 


1 1 


6 


Ezra Carpenter 










45 


6 


5 


21 


5 


21 


6 


Jos : French . 










46 


7 


6 


17 


6 


11 


5 


Tim Taylor . 










47 


7 


7 


22 


4 


l 9 


3 


Daniel Taylor 










48 


5 


8 


23 


2 


23 


1 


Matthew Thornton 










49 


3 


9 


24 


5 


18 


3 


Eleaz r Farwell 










5° 


4 


9 


1 


2 


3 


3 


Matthew Thornton 










5 1 


3 


10 


6 


6 


5 


10 


Nehe h Abbot . 










52 


2 


7 


23 


4 


17 


3 


Jon a Whitney 










53 


2 


8 


22 


6 


24 


6 


Matthew Thornton 










54 


3 


8 


1 


9 


10 


6 


Jn° Stevenes . 










55 


1 


6 


16 


2 


22 


1 


Sam 1 (Turnings 










56 


10 


1 


3 


4 


4. 


10 


Ezra Carpenter 










57 


1 1 


1 


23 


3 


21 


4 


Eleaz r Blanchard 










60 


10 


4 


l 9 


6 


r 9 


7 


The aforegoing Lotts were Drawn by 
















the Grantees — 
















Those that Follow Were Drawn by the 
















Grantors Respective Lotts Each En- 
















tered against the name — 
















Matthew Livermore Esq r 


3 





5 


6 


8 


18 


1 


M Huns Wentworth Esq r 






6 


3 




12 


3 


20 


4 


Jotham Odiorne Esq r 






7 


4 




10 


7 


1 


10 


Nathaniel Meserve & others 






8 


5 




14 


7 


15 


8 


Sam 1 Soley & March 






9 


6 




18 


7 


24 


1 


John Wentworth Esq r 








15 


l A 




16 


7 


14 


8 


Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 ' 








16 


1 


7 


13 


6 


12 


6 


Jn° Rindge 








21 


6 


7 


17 


7 


12 


4 


John Moffatt Esq r . 








29 


7 


2 


24 


4 


18 


4 


Rich* Webord Esq r 








3i 


9 


2 


20 


5 


l 9 


6 


Geo Jaffrey Esq r 








33 


4 


3 


8 


7 


20 


7 


Dan 1 Peirce & M rs More 








36 


7 


3 


14 


5 


17 


2 


Tho 8 Packer Esq r . 








3% 


9 


3 


17 


1 


20 


1 


W m Parker Esq r 








58 


11 


2 


16 


5 


J 5 


3 


Joseph Blanchard Esq 1 ' 








59 


11 


3 


22 


5 


23 


6 


Tho s Wallingsford Esq r 








61 


1 


3 


18 


5 


r 3 


4 


John T: Mason & John Thomlinson Esq r 


62 


5 


5 


J 9 


5 


24 


2 


Joshua Peirce ..... 


63 


21 


2 


22 


3 


22 


2 



The aforewriten list Was Dran And finished at Dunstable In Geo* 1750 
Coppy Exam d ^ Joseph Blanchard J r Prop 8 CI 



TEMPLE. 34I 

[Acceptance of Charter, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 55, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 155.] 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq as Agent for and in the name and 
behalf of the Prop rs of the lands in the Province of New Hampshire 
Purchassed by them of John Tufton Mason Esq Who Sold to them 
under the title made to them by a Com'on Recovery — Did on the 
Thirtieth day of June, 1750 — Grant the Contents of Twenty Thous- 
and Acres or About that Quantity part of S d Lands Bounded as Fol- 
loweth Begining at the Southwest Corner of Petersborough so Called 
and runs from thence East by the needle Six miles to a Black burch 
tree marked the Southeast Corner of Petersborough from thence north 
by the needle One Hundred rods from thence East One mile and A 
quarter to the Corner of N° two from thence South five miles to the 
Southwest Corner of N° 2 And the Northwest Corner of N° 1 and the 
Northeast Corner of New Ipswich from thence North Eighty degrees 
West Seven miles and a quarter to the Southwest Corner of Middle 
manadnock Township from thence North by the Needle to the first 
Bounds mentioned — Under Certain Condition Limetations & Reser- 
vations in S d Grant mentioned As by S d Grant Refference thereto 
had will fully Appear — unto Zacheus Lovewell Pelegg Lawrence 
John Combs Jon a Hubburd Joseph Wynn Jun r Benj a Bellows Ezra 
Carpenter James Kelley Sampson French Benjamin French Jonathan 
Cumings Jun r Samuel Greele Peter Powers William Spalding John 
Lovewell Jun r John Hubbard John Gage Jonathan Hubburd Jun r 
Josiah Brown Timothy Taylor Jotham Rindge Nehemiah Abbot 
John Fowle Robert Boyce Joseph Blanchard Jun 1 John Hill John 
Kendall Joseph French Daniel Taylor Mathew Thornton Jonathan 
Whitney John Stevens Samuel Cumings & Eleazer Blanchard There- 
fore Unanimously voted that we do hereby Accept said Title And for 
Our Selves Our heirs and Assigns Acknowledge that we do hold Said 
lands under Said Title Conditions & Limitations with the Reserva- 
tions therein mentioned — 

Extract from the votes of the Prop rs the Grantees of the Township 
Called Petersborough Slip Passed at their meeting the fourth of 
August 1752— Copy exam' 1 f 

Joseph Blanchard Jun r Prop 8 Clk 



342 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\_David Chandlers Bond, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 56.~] 

Whereas the Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq r within the Province of New Hampshire have this Day 
granted to me Six hundred & nine Acres of Land in a Place called 
The Slip in the County of Hillsborough be the same more or less, 
except what Land may justly belong to Caleb Jones within the 
Bounds of said Grant — And the said Jones's Claim being uncertain 
and the quantity of land to him justly belonging being unascertained, 
I the Subscriber have paid & secured to be paid to said Proprietors 
for five hundred & thirty Acres of said Land at one Dollar fl Acre — 
I hereby promise said Proprietors to pay them the same price for 
each acre above the five hundred & thirty Acres paid for, they shall 
give me good Title to and Possession of within said Bounds within 
two Years from this Date — And if s d Proprietors shall neglect to 
assure me a Title within s d Two Years, to any Land within s d Grant, 
above s d five hundred & thirty acres, then this agreement shall be 
void 

Sept r 30 th 1773 David Chandler 

Interlined before 
signing the words 
within s d Bounds 

Witness — 
Rami a Cossit 
Lucy Dudley Wainwright 



THORNTON. 

[Granted July 6, 1763, to Matthew Thornton and others, and named in honor 
of Matthew Thornton. Re-granted Oct. 21, 1768, including a large tract of addi- 
tional territory. Incorporated Nov. 24, 1781. Blanchard's Gore was annexed 
June 16, 1807. The town bounds were established June 14, 1808. Waterville 
Gore was annexed from Waterville June 23, 1842. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; XIII, Hammond Town Pa- 
pers, 566; Index to Laws, 543 ; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, 
p. 625; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, pp. 252, 375; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 573; Hedge-Hog Chasm, by W. H. Pickering, 2, 
Appalachia, 75 ; grant to John Goffe with Woodstock papers.] 



THORNTON. 



343 



[Plan of Thornton.~] 




344 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Plan of Thornton.] 




TUFTONBOROUGH. 345 



TUFTONBOROUGH . 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors to John Tufton Mason, Dec. II, 1750, 
and named in his honor. Woodbury Langdon and John Moffatt subsequently pur- 
chased a large portion. Incorporated Dec. 17, 1795. Cow Island was annexed 
Dec. 30, 1799. Four more islands were annexed June 25, 1858. A small tract 
of land was set off to Wolfeborough, June 26, 1858. Another island was annexed 
July 3, 1863. 

See XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 573 ; Index to Laws, 553 ; sketch, by S. W. 
Abbott, Fergusson's History of Carroll County, 1889, p. 422; Stevens's Memo- 
rials of Methodism, 2d series, 1852, p. 262; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
P- 595-] 



[Grant of Tuftonborough, 1750.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Dec. 11, 1750.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth December y e 11 th 1750 Tuesday five 
New Hampshire \ of the Clock Afternoon at the House of Ann Slay- 
ton — The Proprietors meet according to Adjournment- 
Voted That there be and hereby is granted unto John Tufton 
Mason Esqu r his Heirs & Assigns all the Right Title Interest Estate 
Property & Demand whatsoever of the Said Proprietors of in and 
unto a certain Tract of Land of six miles square or equal thereunto 
as follow's (viz*) beginning Six miles north Easterly or about north 
Easterly of a tract of land heretofore granted to Samuel Palmer 
Esqu r & others then Extending Six Miles square or So as to make up 
that Quantity of land joining on Winnepissiokee Pond leaving a tract 
of Land of Six miles Square or of that Quantity between the land 
hereby granted & that granted to Palmer & others as aforesaid the 
Said Premises hereby granted being designed for the fourth Town- 
ship from the Crotch of Pemigawassett River & Winnepissiokee 
River 



[Petition of Clement Jackson, 1764.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 57.] 

Province of ) To The Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq r & others 
New Hamps r j Purchasers & Proprietors of Masons Patent in the 
afores d Province 



Clement Jackson of Portsmouth in said Prov ce begs leave to 
Remind you of an Offer & promise made to him some Years ago, of 



34 6 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



making him a Grant of some part of your Undivided land within said 
Patent, in Consequence of his Excepting & Executing a Power, at 
the Instance & Request of Coll John Tuffton Mason, as well as at 
the Request of you the said Proprietors of s d Patent, and which both 
told me was Absolutly Necessary to be done & very much to the 
Advantage of s d Proprietors, And as the time is now far Spent, and 
I having an Inclination to make some Improvement of Waste Land, 
if I could obtain it agreeable to my mind; I shall think myself 
greatly Obliged to you, if you would grant a peice of Land Suit- 
able for Improvement & Cultivature adjoining that part of Land 
Granted to a Number of Portsmouth Gentlemen & now called 

Wolfs'borough 

Portsmouth Decern 1 27 th 1764 Clement Jackson 



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TUFTONBOROUGH. 347 

Newmarket march 1764 Laid out the township of Tuftonborrough 
and bounded it as follows viz Begining at winter harbor on wenepe- 
socke pond and Runing north East on wolfburrough Line to the 
north Corner of Said wolfburrough to a maple tree marked for 
wolfburrough north Corner then north twenty Degrees west So 
far as to intersect a north East Line Runing from the Southerly 
Corner of moultonburrough at wenepesocke pond to Said north 
twenty Degrees west Line which is the Easterly Corner of moulton- 
burrough then South west on moultonburrough Line to wenepesocke 
pond then Southerly by Said wenepesocke pond as that Runs to the 
Bounds first mentioned 

this Plan of Tuftonborrough is Laid Down by a Scale of one Inch 
to a mile and was Surveyed in march 1764 by order of the Propri- 
etors of the Lands within the Province of Newhampshire Called 
Masons Patent 

Walter Bryent Surveyor 

State of ) To the Proprietors of Lands in said State of 

New Hampshire \ New-Hampshire purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esquire called Masons patent 

The Petition of John Moffatt Esquire & Woodbury Langdon Mer- 
chant present Proprietors of a Tract of Land within the aforesaid 
Patent called Tuftonborough ; Humbly Sheweth 

That pursuant to your Order given to Walter Bryant Esq re in the 
Year 1764, the said Township of Tuftonborough was laid out & a 
plan & return thereof made, as will appear by a plan and sundry 
Depositions herewith exhibited ; nevertheless as sundry Disputes 
have since arisen concerning the Boundaries of said Township. — 
Your Petitioners Humbly pray that said Plan & Return as herewith 
exhibited may now be accepted & Recorded & your petitioners as in 
Duty bound shall ever pray. &c. 

Portsmouth December 2 d 1778. — — 

John Moffatt 
W y Langdon 



[Petition of John Moffatt, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 58.] 
Province of ) To the Proprietors of Mason's Patent Conven'd 



New Hampshire ( at Portsmouth on Wednesday The 8 th Aug* 1770 — 
The Humble Petition of John Moffatt of Portsm in said Prov- 
ince Esq r Sheweth, that your Petit r is largely interested in the Town 



348 CHARTER RECORDS. 

call'd Tuftonborough in said Province, and very desirous to Settle & 
improve his Lands there, But the Lines of said Town being hitherto 
unsettled and unascertained have prevented your Petet r from very 
considerably improving his Property there. Wherefore he prays 
that the Lines of said Town may be fixed and ascertained and your 
Petit r shall as in Duty bound ever pray — 

John Moffatt 



[Quitclaim, Moffatt and Langdon to Mason, 1778.] 
[Masonian Papers, Yol. 8, p. 59.] 

Whereas the Proprietors of the lands purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq 1 ' situate in the State of New Hampshire did on the 
eleventh day of December A D 1750 grant to the said Mason a Tract 
of Land (then lying in the Province of New Hampshire now in the 
County of Strafford and State afores' 1 ) of six miles square or equal 
thereto, as follows viz* Beginning six miles Northeasterly or about 
Northeasterly of a tract of land heretofore granted Samuel Palmer 
Esq r and others, then extending six miles square or so as to make up 
that quantity of Land joining on Winnepisseoke Pond Leaving a 
Tract of Land six miles square or of that quantity between the land 
granted said Mason and that land granted to said Palmer and others 
as aforesaid And Whereas John Moffatt Esq r who claimed under 
said Mason part of the same land, did on the eighth day of August 
A D 1770 petition the said Proprietors to Have the bounds of said 
land granted said Mason surveyed and a plan thereof taken — In 
consequence of which the said Proprietors with consent of said 
Moffatt appointed Ebenezer Thompson Esq r to survey and return a 
plan of the same land — And a plan thereof was accordingly returned 
to said Proprietors in October A D 1771 — Which plan being thought 
not authentic— The said Proprietors and we John Moffatt & Wood- 
bury Langdon both of Portsmouth in the County of Rockingham and 
State afores' 1 Esq rs , (who claim under said Mason) have mutually 
agreed to ascertain and establish the bounds of said Lands now called 
Tuftonborough in a different manner from those described in said 
Plan — And we the s d Moffatt and Langdon have further agreed with 
said Proprietors, that s d plan shall be of no Validity and that neither 
of us, our Heirs or Assigns shall ever claim any lands contained 
within the bounds of said Tuftonborough as described in said Plan, 
which shall not also be contained within the Bounds of said Tufton- 
borough as described by a Vote of the said Proprietors at a legal 
meeting held at Portsmouth on the twenty first day of December 



TUFTONBOROUGH. 349 

AD 1778 — And we the said Moffatt & Langdon have likewise agreed 
to release all claim to any lands so granted s d Mason that do or shall 
fall without the bounds of said Tuftonborough as the same are de- 
scribed in said Vote and also to Theodore Atkinson And Mark Hunk- 
ing Went worth Esq r such parts of their Lots Numbered Thirty four 
and Twenty four in the Plan of the Township of Ossipee, as shall be 
included within the Bounds of s d Tuftonborough as described in said 
Vote — And also to the said Proprietors the two hundred Acres of 
lands within said Bounds engaged by said Proprietors to John Dud- 
ley — Now Know all Men by these presents That we the said Moffatt 
and Langdon for the perfecting the afore recited Agreement on our 
part and for and in Consideration of ten pounds lawful money by the 
said Proprietors to us in hand paid before the Delivery hereof the 
receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge Have remised released 
and forever quitted Claim and by these presents Do remise release & 
forever quitclaim unto the said Proprietors & their Successors 
forever all our right Title Interest property claim and demand of 
in and to all the lands granted said Mason without the Bounds of 
said Tuftonborough as the same are described in said Vote And also 
to the said two hundred Acres of land within said Bounds engaged 
by said Proprietors to John Dudley as aforesaid — All the Lands so 
granted said Mason (under whom we hold) or described in said 
Plan taken at the request of said Moffatt as afores d lying without 
the Bounds of said Tuftonborough as described in said Vote, as also 
the said two hundred Acres within said Bounds we and each of us 
hereby release and forever quitclaim unto the said Proprietors and 

their Successors forever To Have and To Hold the said remised 

Premises with all the privileges and Appurtenances thereof to them 
the said Proprietors and their Successors to their only proper use and 

Benefit forever Hereby engaging to warrant and defend the 

same premises against all persons claiming by from or under us or the 

said Mason as Grantee as aforesaid In Witness whereof we have 

hereunto set our hands and Seals the 26 th Day of December A D 
1778— 

Signed Sealed & John Moffatt [seal] 

Delivered In presence of us — W y Langdon [seal] 

Interlined before Signing 
the words " agreed " — 
Lands now called 

Kathe r Whipple 

Sam 1 Penhallow 



35° 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



State of New Hampshire ) Portsm Decem r 26th 1778 Then the 
Rockingham ss \ above named John Moffatt and Wood- 

bury Langdon Esq rs Personally appearing severally acknowledged the 
above written Instrument to be their Voluntary Act & Deed 

Before me Sam 1 Penhallow J Peace 

[Endorsed] Strafford Records Rec d October 1 st 1795— 

J. P. Gilman Recorder — 

Recorded Lib 20 Fol° 343 Examined by 

J. P. Gilman Register 



[Settlement of Northern Boundary, 1795.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 60.] 

Rockingham, ss. 

At a Meeting of the Proprietors of Tuftonborough duly called and 
held at the House of Col 1 William Brewster in Portsmouth in the 
County of Rockingham on Monday the 23 d day of March 1789 at 
three o clock P. M. — 

Voted That Woodbury Langdon Esquire be, and hereby is 
appointed and constituted, Agent for, and on the part of said Propri- 
etors, to ascertain and establish, the Lines and boundaries of said 
Tuftonborough — 

A true Copy of Record 

Attest R : Cutts Shannon Prop rs Clerk. 

Know all Men by these Presents that I Woodbury Langdon of 
Portsmouth in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hamp- 
shire Esquire as Agent for and on behalf of the Proprietors of Tuf- 
tonborough in the County of Strafford and State aforesaid to Ascer- 
tain and Establish the lines and boundaries of said Tuftonborough, 
For and in consideration of the sum of Twenty Cents paid by the 
Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason lying in 
the said State and in consideration of the said Proprietors Establish- 
ing by Vote the Northerly side line of Tuftonborough as run by 
James Hersey for the Northerly or back line of said Tuftonborough, 
have remised released and forever Quited claim, & by these presents 
do remise release and forever Quit claim in my said Capacity as 
agent aforesaid to the said Proprietors of the Lands purchased of 
said John Tufton Mason otherwise called the Masonian Proprietors, 
all the Right, Title, Interest, property, claim and Demand which the 
Proprietors of said Tuftonboroug have of in and unto any Lands of 



TUFTONBOROUGH. 35 I 

said Masonian Proprietors by Virtue of their Vote or Grant to John 
Tufton Mason of a Township on Winnepisseohece pond or by Virtue 
of a Vote, Grant or Conveyance of Land to John Moffatt and myself 
or to the Proprietors of said Tuftonborough or Tract of Land on the 
Pond aforesaid between Moultonborough and Wolfborough in Right 
of said John Tufton Mason, Laying & being Northerly or North- 
easterly of the said Line run by James Hersey from the Northwest- 
erly corner of Wolfborough to Moultonborough in order to divide that 
Land in Ossipee Gore now Laid out into one hundred Acre Lots by 

said Hersey agreeably to his plan dated in the year 1781 From 

the Lands of said Tuftonborough, which said Line so run by said 
Hersey, I the said Woodbury Langdon hereby agree as Agent for 
and on behalf of the said Proprietors of said Tuftonborough shall 
forever hereafter be the Northerly side Line of said Tuftonborough 
Dividing the Lands of the Proprietors of said Tuftonborough 
from the Lands of the said Proprietors of Lands purchased of John 

Tufton Mason otherwise called the Masonian Proprietors. To 

have and to hold the said Released premises with their appurten- 
ances to the said Masonian Proprietors their Heirs and assigns to and 
for their only proper benefit and use forever — 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 15 th 
day of Aug st 1795 

Signed Sealed & De- W y Langdon [seal] 

liverd in presence of 

Joshua Brackett 

Daniel Marden 

Rockingham ss Portsmouth August 15 th 1795 

Then the within named Woodbury Langdon Esquire personally 
appearing acknowledged this instrument to be his free act & Deed 

before Geo Gains Jus Peace 

[Endorsed] Strafford Records Rec* 1 October 1 st 1795— 

J. P. Gilman Recorder 

Recorded Lib 20. Fol° 356 Examined by 

J. P. Gilman Register 



{John Peirce's Bond, 1799.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 61.] 

I hereby agree to sell and convey to Shadrach Allard & Samuel 
Allard a Certain Lot of Land in Tuftonborough Containing One hun- 



352 CHARTER RECORDS. 

dred Acres more or Less and is Lot N° Eight and part of a Larger 
Tract of Land Divided into Twelve Lots by Henry Rust Jun r agree- 
able to his plan dated December 10 th 1787 — for the- Consideration of 
Five hundred & fifty dollars and I hereby promise to give them a 
Deed for the same on their applying to me any time before the 15 th 
January Next and then giving me personal security to my satisfac- 
tion or a Mortgage on the Land as Collatteral security for the pay- 
ment of the Money in four Years in equal Annual payments with 
Interest annually until paid but if they do not claim said Deed before 
the last day of next January this obligation sail be Void — but their 
Notes of this day shall still be due which is the present agreement 
of the parties 

Portsmouth September 13 th 1799 

Witness John Peirce 

his 

William X MTntire 

mark 

[Endorsed] Deed given Jan? 21, 1800 to Allard for Land in 
Tuftonborough 



[Description of Ttvo Lots.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 62.] 

Lots N° 64 | TT Q t- * i u 

o ro > lierseys burvay lultonborough 

These lots lay on the Mountain N° 64 lays on the north Cant of 
the Mountain very broken Good Syle with a heavy groth of hard 
wood I Should think it worth a 150 Dollars — buts on Moultonboro 
line— is within J a mile of a Settlement in Moultonborough by 
Wiggin on the Masonian Land — Lovells River runs through acorner 
a branch of Lovells River — soil good — growth maple, yellow birch, 
beech & some hemlock & spruce 

N° 58 lays on the hight of the Mountain very broken and rockey 
with a heavy groth of Spruce and hemlock, I consider it of no 
value — he says he would not accept this lot to pay the taxes 

N° 58 was taxt to Langdons Ay res 

N° 64 would be worth if it lay out to a road -$300— the lots. 

[Endorsed] C. M. Wentworth Land in Tuftonboro 
Roberts 

he afterward Surveyed these Lots ^ Bill paid 6 Jany 1835 
& then thought 64 worth $200 & 58 worth $100— 
they join on to the Masonian Land in Moultonboro 



WAKEFIELD. 

[Plan of Peirce Land.'] 



353 



A Plan of a Tract of Land Situate in the Town of Tuftonborough 
belonging to John Peirce Esq r containing twelve hundred & fifty six 
Acres three Rood & seventeen Perch (exclusive of the Land left for 
Roads) and laid down by a Scale of Forty Rods to an Inch 

N B the double Lines in this Plan is Land left for Roads two Rods 
wide 





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Sam 1 Hersey to have refusal N° 2 for 700 for 2 Months with Inter- 
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refusal until spring 



WAKEFIELD. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors April 27, 1749, to John Ham and others, 
and variously known as Ham's-toivn, East-town, and Watertown. Incorporated 
as Wakefield, Aug. 30, 1774. All that part of the town north of Province Pond 
was annexed to Effingham June 22, 1820. A portion of Milton was annexed to 
Wakefield June 23, 1858. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers 
I2 7> 456, 788 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 588 ; Index to Laws, 564; sketch' 
by A. H. Thompson, Fergusson's History of Carroll County, 1889, 'p- 462' 
papers under titles Coulerain and Kingswood; Lawrence's N. H. Churches^ 1856' 
p. 596 ; Memorial of 100th Anniversary of Organization of First Church 1886 1 ' 
23 



354 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition of John Gage, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 63.] 

Province of ) To the Proprietors of the Right of Land within 

New Hampsh r \ the S d Province Purchased by them of John Tuf- 
ton Mason Esq r 

The Petition of John Gage Esq r in behalf of himself & a Number 
of the Inhabitants of Dover & Sumersworth in Said Province Shews 
That your Petitioner and his Associates being Satisfied of your Right 
to the Lands afores d and willing to hold part thereof under you Pray 
that you would Grant to them two tracts of Land Sufficient to make 
two Towns lying on the head of Rochester begining on y e Eastward 
Side next to the County of York & So runing westward to make up 
the Quantity afores d and your Petitioner in behalf of himself & Asso- 
ciates shall pray &c 

Portsm Decemb r 7 th 1748 John Gage. 



[ Votes of Proprietors in Dover, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 63.] 

Province of ) At a Proprietors Meeting held at the Quakers 
New Hampshire ) meeting house at Cochecho in Dover on monday the 
24 th Day of april 1749— 

Voted 1 st That John Gage Esq r be moderator for S cl Meeting 

2 ly that Joseph Hanson be Prop 1 ' 8 Clerk — 

3 That there be a Comm tte of five Meet Persons be Chosen to go & 
treat with the Purchasers of Masons Right to get their Quit Claim of 
a Tract of Land for a Town Ship of Six Miles squaire agreeable to y e 
Petition 

4 That John Gage Esq r Joseph Hanson Stephen Roberts : Isaac 
Hanson Ju r & Thomas Varney be the men to treat with Said Pur- 
chasers — 

5 That there be five shillings of the new Tenor Currency paid 
Down by Each Petitioner to Defray Charges 

6 that Cap* William Wentworth be a Treasurer to Receive the 
money and pay it out according to the Direction of the prop rs — 

Then the meeting was Adjourned till Monday the Eighth Day of 
May next — 

A true Coppy Exam rt f Jos Hanson Prop rs Cler 



WAKEFIELD. 355 

[ Vote of Another Meeting, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 63.] 

At a Proprietors Meeting held at Cochecho in Dover on Monday the 
24 th day of April Anno Domini 1749 

Voted that John Gage Esq 1 Deacon Thomas Nock M r William 
Welland Cap* Job Clements" & M r Paul Gerrish be a Committee to 
Receive of the Proprietors of John Tufton Mason Esq r Right a Quit 
Claim to A New Township adjoining to Salmon fall River, at the 
Head of Rochester and to Act or Transact any affair relating to the 
Same as fully as if the whole Body of s d Proprietors were personally 
present 

Summersworth April 25 th 1749 

A true Copy Attest Thomas Miller Prop ts Clerk 



[Charter of Wakefield, 1749.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, April 27, 1749.] 

Province of I Portsmouth April 27 th 1749 Thursday at Eight 
New Hampshire ( of y e Clock before noon at the Dwelling house of 
Sarah Prust Widow The Proprietors meet according to Adjourn- 
ment 

Voted That there be and hereby is granted unto John Ham Gersham 
Downs John Horn Richard Downs Daniel Plummer William Hussey 
William Willand John Cook Nathaniel Horn Daniel Young Thomas 
Downs James Canney William Downs Amos Howard Samuel Jones 
Ebenezer Downs Benjamin Ham Paul Gerrish John Gage Jun r John 
Evans Samuel Gerrish Richard Hussey Jun r Timothy Hanson William 
Tvvombly Joseph Hicks John Gage John Roberts jun r William Ger- 
rish Samuel Walton Allen Walton Thomas Miller Thomas Miller jun r 
Ebenezer Roberts Love Roberts Thomas Nock Samuel Heard jun r John 
Mardin Isaac Horn Joseph Roberts John James Hezekiah Cook John 
Downs Job Clements John Hussey Samuel Downs John Hanson jun r 
Samuel Randall Benjamin Mason John Hanson John Miller Ebenezer 
Wentworth John Brown Thomas Canney Joseph Astin Elihu Hays 
Samuel Dam William Gage Samuel Astin Benjamin Astin Joshua 
Roberts William Styles John Harford Eliphalet Cromwell Ebenezer 
Downs jun 1 Ebenezer Tuttle Benjamin Roberts jun r Ebenezer Hanson 
Stephen Evans Robert Hanson Ichabod Hays Solomon Hanson James 



356 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Kielle Samuel Alley Joseph Hussey Moses Gage Stephen Varney 
John Perkins Solomon Emerson Philip Yeaton all of Dover and 
Somersworth both in Said Province of New Hampshire and Noah 
Emery of Kittery in Equal Shares Excepting as hereafter is Herein 
Excepted on The Terms Conditions & Limitations herein After Ex- 
pressed all that Tract of Land within The Province aforesaid Con- 
taining the Quantity of Six Miles Square Bounded as Follows Viz fc 
Beginning at The Northeast Corner of t*he Township of Rochester at 
Newechewannick River and from Said River Running Westerly by 
the Head Line of Rochester five Miles and from That Extent upon a 
Strait line Parallel with the General Course of the Said River as a 
Strait line may be Run at the Said River and Continuing the Breadth 
of five Miles Adjoyning said River and bounds of the Province So far 
Northwardly as to make Equal to Six Miles Square in Such form as 
that the Head or Northerly boundary Shall be a line Parallel with 
the Head Line of Rochester and The Westerly Side line to be Strait 
from Rochester line to the Head line of Said Tract of land — To have 
and to hold to them their Heirs & Assigns in Equal Shares Except- 
ing as Aforesaid on the Following Terms Conditions & Limitations 
that is to Say That the whole Tract of Land within the Said Boun- 
daries (Saving what is herein After Mentioned to be Otherwise Im- 
proved) be Divided into one hundred Shares or Rights and Each 
Share be Laid out into two Distinct Lots one of which to Contain 
one hundred Acres and The Other all the Land belonging to Each Share 
Respectively. That the whole be So laid out & the two Lots 
belonging to Each Share be Numbred with the Same Number be- 
ginning with one and Ending with one Hundred. That the said 
Land be so laid out within one Year from the Granting thereof and 
Then the lots Drawn for in the usual Manner of Drawing for Lots of 
Land in Such Cases And That this be Done at Portsmouth afores d 
Under the Care and Direction of the Grantors Aforesaid and so 
Done as to make but one Draft to Each Share 

That one of the said Shares be for the first Minister of the Gospel 
who Shall be Settled on Said Land & Continue There During his 
life or until he Shall be Regularly Dismist to hold to him his Heirs 
& Assigns. And one other of Said Shares be for and towards the 
Support of The Gospel Ministry there forever And the Hundred 
acre Lots belonging to these two Shares Respectively shall be Laid 
out as near the Place where the Meeting House Shall be Built as may 
Conveniently be Done without being Drawn for as the Other Lots. 
That There be Six Acres of Land left in some Convenient Place 
within the said Boundaries for Building a Meeting House and School 
House upon and to be used as a Training Feild a Burying place or 



WAKEFIELD. 357 

other Public use the Inhabitants there may have Occasion to Improve 
it for — That one other of Said Shares be for the use and Main- 
tainance of a School there forever That Seventeen of the Said Shares 
be and hereby are Reserved to the use of the said Grantors and 
Their Heirs & Assigns forever That the Owners of the Other Eighty 
Shares make a Regular Settlement there at their own Charge in the 
Following Manner viz that Each Owner of the said Eighty Shares 
Build an house of Sixteen foot Square or Equal thereto at Least upon 
Some Part of his Land There — That there be Thirty Families Settled 
upon said Tract of Land within four years next after a Peace is Pro- 
claimed between the English French and Indians and Each Family to 
have Such an House as Aforesaid and three Acres of Land Cleared 
and fitted for Mowing or Tillage and that Ten Families More be 
Settled there each having an house as Aforesaid within five years 
next after the Proclamation of Said Peace with three Acres of Land 
more fitted as aforesaid And within Six years next After the Said 
Peace to have a Meeting House Built there for the Public worship of 
God fitted for that purpose for the use of the Inhabitants There and to 
Maintain the Constant Preaching of the Gospel there from and After 
the End of Seven Years from the Proclaiming Peace as Aforesaid — 

That there be twenty Acres of Land left in some Suitable Place 
for a Privilege and Accommodation of a Saw Mill which Shall be for 
him or them his or Their Heirs & Assigns who will build Such Mill 
within the term of five years next After a Peace as Aforesaid with 
the Privilege of the most Convenient Stream and place for Doing the 
Same and in Consideration thereof for the benefit of Said Inhabitants 
the owner or owners of Such Mill Shall Saw the Logs of the Said 
Inhabitants to the halves for the term of ten years next After the 
said Mill Shall first work if Desired So to do — 

And if no Particular Person or Persons of the owners of Said 
Shares or Such Other Person or Persons as the Majority of Them 
Shall Admit permit and Suffer to do the Same will Undertake to 
Build Such Mill on the Terms aforesaid, then the Said owners Shall 
do the Same at Their Common Expence & Charge & put the Said 
Mill under Such a Regulation as that They and Others Inhabiting 
there may have Their Logs and Timber Sawed as Occasion may 
Require for Buiding on the Land Herby Granted — That Each 
Owner of the Said Eighty Shares Pay to Such Person or Persons as 
the Majority of them Shall Elect for that Purpose all Such Sums of 
Money or Bills of Public Credit as the Said owners or the Major Part 
of them Shall Determine to be Necessary from time to time & as 
Occasion Shall Require to Defray the Charges of Laying out Said 
Land as aforesaid & Other matters & things necessary to be done 



358 CHARTER RECORDS. 

for the making a Settlement as aforesaid, and performing y e other 
matters & things herein Directed to be done That in Laying out the 
said Lots Care be taken to Sort them in Such a Manner as to make 
the Shares as Equal as Possible. That the Lots be Laid out in 
Ranges where the Land will admit of it and Land left Between the 
Ranges for Highways four Rods wide and between the Lots for ways 
of two Rods wide and That a Plan of the whole when so Laid out be 
made at the Charge of the Said owners and Returned to the Said 
Grantors as Soon as may be Done with Conveniency — 

That the Remaining Seventeen Shares Reserved as Aforesaid be 
Exonerated Acquitted and fully Exempted from paying any Charge 
towards Making the Said Settlement & not held to the Conditions of 
the Eighty Shares Aforesaid nor be Liable to any Tax or Assessment 
until Improved by the Respective owners hereof. That all white 
Pine trees fit for his Majesty's use for Masting the Royal Navy be 
and hereby are Reserved and are hereby Granted to his Majesty his 
Heirs and Successors for that Purpose. — 

That in Case the Said Grantees Shall fail Neglect and Omit to 
Settle forty families upon the Said Granted Premises within the Term 
of five years next After a Peace Shall be Concluded and proclamed 
as Aforesaid Each Family having the Quantity of three Acres of 
Land Cleared & fitted as Aforesaid and to do and Perform the Several 
Articles matters and Things above Mentioned to be performed and 
Done by the Owners of the said Eighty Shares It Shall and may be 
Lawful! for the Said Grantors or any of them or any Person or Per- 
sons in their name and Behalf & by their Authority or the Major part 
of them to Enter into and upon the said Granted Premises or any 
part Thereof for the whole & thence to Amove oust & utterly to 
Expel the Said Grantees and the Said Granted premises Shall be 
forfeited to the use of the Grantors & they Shall Thereby be Reseized 
and Vested in their former Estate Right Title and Interest to & in 
the Said Granted premises as though this Grant had never been made 
& The Same Shall Thenceforward be null and Void to all Intents and 
purposes any Thing herein Contained to the Contrary thereof Not- 
withstanding. And all and Every of the said Grantees who Shall 
not do and perform his Respective part and duty in making & Carry- 
ing on the Said Settlem* (in Case of the Settlement of forty Families 
as Aforesaid) Such Delinquent owner Shall forfeit his Share and 
Right in the said Premises to Those who Shall have so performed & 
Done Their Duty as Aforesaid in Making the said Settlement who 
Shall hereby have full Power and Authority into the Said forfeited 
Right and Share to Enter and Thereof to become Seized to their own 
use in Manner Af ores' 1 



WAKEFIELD. 359 

Provided Nevertheless that the said Grantees do and Shall when 
they Shall be Thereunto Respectively Requested Enter into a Con- 
tract and Personally Oblige Themselves and Their Respective Heirs 
and Assigns to do and Perform the Several Articles matters and 
Things by them herein before Mentioned to be Performed and Done 
by Signing and Executing Such Instrument or Instruments in writing 
as by Counsel Learned in the Law Shall be Advised and Devised for 
that purpose — 

And in That Case & not Otherwise the said Grantors Do hereby 
Promise & Ingage to the Said Grantees that they the Said Grantors 
their Heirs Exec rs Admin rs or Assigns Shall and will at Their own 
Cost & Expence try the Title of the said Granted Premises by pursu- 
ing an Action for the whole or any Part Thereof Through the whole 
Course of the Law to a Final Judgment before the King in Council 
(if need be to Carry the Same so far) with Such Person or Persons 
as Shall be therto Disposed & Desirous Thereof who shall Dispute 
the Title of the Said Grantees hereby Conveyed 

But in Case the Title of the Grantees Derived from The Said 
Grantors to the Said Premises Shall be Condemned & The title of 
the Person or Persons So Disputing with the Grantors to the Premises 
Shall by Such Final Judgment be Preferred Then the Grantees in 
These Presents Shall Recover Nothing of the Said Grantors for the 
Said premises nor for any Labour Expence Charge & Disbursements 
they the Said Grantees Their Heirs or Assigns Shall have been at in 
Consequence of this Grant And it is to be Understood that the Num- 
bers of years Mentioned herein for the Said Grantees to do and 
Perform the Several Articles matters & Things aforesaid is to be So 
many Years free from the Impediment and Interruption of an Indian 
war 



[Draft of Lots, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 64, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 
p. 223, and Vol. 7, p. 58.] 

Province of 1 Portsmouth Wens'day April y e 11 th 1750 — At y e 
New Hampshire ) House of Ann Slayton The Draft of y e Lots of y e 
Township granted to John Ham Gershon Downs & c Under y e Direc- 
tion of y e Proprietors — 

1 Nath 11 Meserve^| 

J Blan chard I N° 1 9 

Joseph Green [ 
Paul March j 



360 CHARTER RECORDS. 

2 Joseph Hicks 64 

3 John moffat Esq r ........ 78 

, ( Sam 11 Sollv Esq r ) 77 

4 \ Clem' March \ 

5 Joseph Roberts . . . . . . . . . 58 

6 John Brown Shipwright . . . . . . . 57 

7 Sam 11 Alley 15 

8 Joseph Austin ......... 81 

9 Moses Gage 10 

10 Mark Hunk 8 Wentworth 73 

11 Stephen Varney ........ 38 

12 Benf Mason 50 

13 Joseph Hussey ......... 4 

14 Amos Howard 60 

15 Dan 11 Peirce Esq r ) g8 
& Mary Moore j 

16 Dan 11 Young 29 

17 Sam 11 Jones ......... 5 

18 Will m Hussey 79 

19 Tho s Wallingford Esq r ....... 85 

20 Benf Ham . . 84 

21 James Keille ......... 9 

22 Nath 11 Horn 43 

23 Eben r Wentworth 53 

24 John Hanson 32 

25 John Marden 74 

26 Thomas Downe 72 

27 John Miller 83 

28 Rich d Hussev Jun r 26 

29 Thomas Miller 1 

30 Samuel Dam ......... 70 

31 Timothy Hanson ........ 90 

32 Theadore Atkinson Esqu r 51 

33 Isaac Horn ......... 6 

34 George Jaffrey 16 

35 Thomas Miller jun r 22 

3S Mark Hunk g Wentworth Esqu r 21 

37 Thomas Canney ........ 69 

38 Eliphalet Cromwell 67 

39 School Lot .35 

40 John Horn 48 

41 Philip Yeaton ........ 91 

42 Richard Downe 92 



WAKEFIELD. 



361 



43 William Styles . 

44 John Gage 

45 John Hartford . 

46 Benjamin Austin 

47 Solomon Emerson 

48 John Wentworth jun r 

49 Paul Gerrish 

50 Stephen Evans . 

51 Samuel Herd jun r 

52 William Gerrish 

53 Joshua Roberts . 

54 Job Clements 

55 Robert Hanson . 

56 Jotham Odiorne Esq r 

57 Elihu Hayes 

58 John Hanson jun r 

59 Thomas Packer Esqu r 

60 Gershom Downe 

61 John Evans 

62 Ebenezer Downe jun 

63 John James 

64 Thomas Nock . 

65 Samuel Austin . 

66 John Roberts jun r 

67 John Downe 

68 John Perkins 

69 Law Lot N° 2 . 

70 Sam 11 Downe 

71 Law Lot N° 1 . 

72 John Tufton Mason 
& John Thomlinson 

73 Eben r Hanson 

74 Sam 11 Walton . 

75 John Hussey 

76 Samuel Rendal . 

77 William Welland 

78 Eben r Roberts . 

79 Allen Walton . 

80 Joshua Peirce Esqu r 

81 Noah Emery Esqu r 

82 Love Roberts 

83 Samuel Gerrish . 

84 Hezekiah Cook . 



Esqu 



Esqu r 



362 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



85 William Gage 

86 William Downe 

87 Dan 11 Plummer . 

88 Richard Wibird Esqu r 

89 John Gage jun r . 

90 John Cook 

91 John Ham 
William Twombly 
James Canney . 

94 Ichabod Hayes . 

95 Benjamin Roberts jun 1 
Ebenezer Downe 
Solomon Hanson 
Ebenezer Tattle 
first ministers Lot 
Ministerial Lot . 



93 



96 

97 

98 



76 
86 
99 
65 
41 
14 
82 
47 
75 
3 
28 
30 
20 
96 
46 
45 



Voted that this Draft of y e Lotts of land in y e Tract above men- 
tioned be and hereby is Ratifyed & confirmed and that each Lot be 
held to y e Respective Person to whose name it is affixed & to his 
heirs & assigns in Severalty on y e Terms first granted and the Divi- 
sion as made by y e Grantees and numbered in y e Plan thereof by them 
Returned be and hereby is also confirmed as aforesaid 

Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Further Time Allowed to Wakefield Proprietors, 1770.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 21, 1770.] 

Whereas the Grantees of the Tract of Land granted to John Ham 
Gershom Downes & Others called East Town by their Agents at 
This meeting, haveing acknowledged their grant was forfeited for not 
complying with the Terms and conditions therein made but as they 
have made considerable Improvements and declare their readiness 
and Resolution to have all the Terms & Conditions of said Grant full- 
filled and compleated within Two Years from this Date, And Praying 
the Proprietors will grant them Two Years from this time to do and 
Perform the Same, from their earnest Request and Other considera- 
tions. Therefore — 

Voted That there be and hereby is granted and Allowed Upon the 
Following Terms and conditions to the grantees of the Tract of Land 
or Township granted on the 27 th Day of April 1749 to John Ham 
Gershom Downes & Others Two Years from this Date to compleat 



\M 




This Plan made by Walter Br}^ant Surveyor at the desire of the Pr 
the land contained within the Grant 



Each of the ioo Lots in the first Division contain one hundred Ac 
four Roads Broad the lines that divide the Lotts are North 48 d E 156 R 
Lott N° 49 Lays part on each side of Samon-falls River as in the Plan 
Broad — N° 63 is 148 Rods Broad N° 92 Bounds on y e Pond N° 73 Runs 
N° 42 is 145 Rods Broad & Bounds on y e pond & the center square Lay: 
far northward as to contain Six acres N° 43 Bounds on y e pond and the ( 
up Round the head of the pond northward & n° 41 in the first Division 
acres being pinched to make up y e mill privelege— The Second Division < 



'.field.} 




irhom the same was Granted is returned as a true plan of the Division of 

Attest Thomas Miller Prop™ Clerk 

aid out the Roads between y e Ranges are North & South in Lenth & are 
id Lotts are one hundred & thirty five Rods Broad North & south the 
xmnding on y e Pond N° 65 Runs Borth lines to y e Pond is But 130 Rods 
iing on the pond to 39 — N° 40 is 125 Rods Broad & Runs to the y e pond 
"ose Center Road adjoyning to it & y e pond & the third Range & runs so 
load Down by n° 68 to the 7 th Road n° 46 Runs from the center square 
econd Division & n° ten in the second Division hath but ninety three 
.ch Lott one hundred & thirty acres and are the same Coose Each way as 



WAKEFIELD. 



3£>3 



and Fulfill the Terms and conditions of their grant made April 27 th 
1749 That they compleat a Road within said Two Years of four 
Rods wide through the Township Equal to the Road in Middle Town, 
called the Governours Road, to Leavits Town, so called, and that no 
compensation be made to the Owner or Owners of the Lott or Lotts 
through which the Governours road, so called, Passeth through in 
the said Township. 



[Condition of Settlement, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 6b.~] 





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-0 
















Names of the Heads of the familys 


W 

£ S 

3 c 




•— 


Houses 




£^ 


< 




< 




Jonath n Gillman 


29 


13 


7 


20 & 30 


Clement Steel 










36 


3 


-7 


ab 1 20 


Jerem h Gillman . 










27 


15 


8 


20 & 30 


Noah Kimble 










38 


6 


4 


ab* 20 


Benj Perkins 










25 


6 


6 


do 


Sam 11 Willey . 










23 


3 


5 


do 


Sam 11 Sherburne 










2 3 


1 


4 


do 


Simeon Dearburne 










42/ 


10 


20 


do 


Joshua Edgerly . 










76 


2 


8 


do 


William More . 










74 


3 


3 


do 


John Gillman 










39 


8 


2 


do 


Andrew Gillman 










24 


1 


id 


do partly built 


Tho 8 Perkins 










22 


2 


5 


do do 


John Wentworth 










18 


1 


4 


do 


David Copp 










15 


1 


6 


25 & 25 


Joseph Abbet . 










52 


6 


4 


Logg 


John Horn 










50 


4 


4 


do 


Daniel Hall 










53 





4 


do 


Benj a Horn 










60 


3 


3 


do 


Jn° Gillman Jun r 










64 


2 


3 


do 


Eliphelt Quimby 










66 


1 


3 


do 


Joseph Malum . 










90 


3 


3 


do 


Joseph Perkins . 










86 


1 


3 


do 



3<H 



CHARTER RECORDS. 





N° Lotts 


Acres 


Acres 


Names of People who have began 


began 


Clear'd 


Fell 




37 


10 


4 


Jacob Welch 


80 





3 


Barn 8 Palmer 










34 


4 


6 


John Kimble 










40 


4 


6 


Andrew Gillman 










25 


2 


6 


Sam 1 Sherburne ) 










24 


4 


6 


Benj a Berkins £ 










Nich 8 York 










9 


1 


4 


Tre th Dudley . 










43 


2 


2 


Ichabod Kenney 










75 




4 


James Garvin 










67 




8 


Barna 8 Palmer . 










44 


1 


3 


John Gage 










41 


— 


3 


Jn° Wingate 










90 


1 


8 


Sam" Hall 










71 





IS 



No meeting House for Publick worship 

The above is an Acco't of the settlements & Improvements in East 
Town— surv d & Examin d f r 

East Town Decem br 1770 Jotham Rindge & David Copp 



[Two Letters about Roads, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 66.J 

Portsmouth July 6, 1774— 
Thomas Chatburne Esq r 
S r Desire you would send down the Number of the Lots Pitch'd 
upon by the Persons you gave Encouragement to Settle, and what 
Labour done upon Each Lot. If you see Col Rust Desire him to 
send word Wether he will be Able to Clear out the Rode to Eastown 
and When — and Please to Tell him, If he Wants any Assistance of 
men of Cattle, to Build the Bridge Over Little pigwackit that you and 
M r Heath will give what Assistance he may have Occasion for — 
I am S r 

Your Hum 1 Servant 

John Penhallow in behalf 
A Copy of the Committee of Ma- 

sons Propriety 



WARNER. 365 

Portsmouth July 6 Lh 1774— 

S r This is to Inform you that the Proprietors of Masons Patent, 

have laid out a Rode from the head of Easttown to Meet the Conway 

Rode which will bring the Travelors down through your Town we 

therefore desire that you will take Carre that the Rode through your 

Town may be Made Convenient for Teams to pass through which 

Must make it a Great Advantage to your Town as it Will shorten the 

Distance from Dover to Conway at Least Ten Miles — 

We are 

S r Your Hum 1 Servants — 

-^ , ^> ) Committee 

Dan' Rogers of MasQn 

John Penhallow j Propriety 

To Simeon Darburne Esq 1 ' To be Communicated to the selectmen 
of Eastown 
a Copy 



WARNER. 

[This town was Number 1 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Con- 
necticut River, and was granted Jan. 16, 1735-6, to Thomas Stevens and others, 
many of whom were from Amesbury, Mass. The town was called A T ew A7nesbury 
or Almsbury. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors March 14, 1749-50, to Richard 
Jenness and others, inhabitants of Rye, and called Jenness-town and Rye-town. 
Regranted Dec. 24, 1767, to Jonathan Barnard and others. Incorporated as War- 
ner Sept. 3, 1774, and named in honor of Col. Jonathan Warner, of Portsmouth. 
Kearsarge Gore was annexed June 13, 18 18. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 789; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 612; Index to Laws, 
586; sketch, by Moses Long, 3; Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 179; 
History, by Walter Harriman, 1879, P- 5% l '-> sketch, by Fred Myron Colby, 
Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1886, p. 653 ; Stewart's History of the Free 
Baptists, 1862, p. 162; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 
22; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 414; discourse, centennial celebration 
of Congregational Church, by H. S. Huntington, 1872; Life of Walter Harriman, 
by Amos Hadley, 1888; Bills of Mortality, 1817-22, 2, Farmer and Moore's His- 
torical Collections, 200; Rambles about a Country Town, by F. M. Colby, in In- 
dependent and Times, 1 892-1 895; Proceedings at Dedication of Pillsbury Free 
Library Building, 1891 ; A Sketch of Warner, Historic and Otherwise, by Amanda 
B. Harris, 19, Granite Monthly, 411.] 



3 66 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



[Petition of Rye Men, 1748. j 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 68.] 

To the Lord proprietors of the Land not yet Granted in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampsheir 

the Petition of Sundry of his majestys Good Subjects inhabitants 
of the Parish of Rye in the Above Said Province humbly Seweth 

that where as there have been Considerable tracts of Land Granteed 
to most if not all the towns in this Province yet the inhabitants of 
the Parish of Rye Especialy that Part of it taken from Portsmouth 
and hampton have never been benefited by them 

We therefore Humbly Pray that we may have a Grant of Such 
lands made us in this Province as in your Grate wisdom you Shall 
think fet. 



Rich d Jennes Esq r 
Daniel molten 
Joshua Jennes 
Joseph marston 
John Knowles jun 
thomas watson 
william Langmaid 
James Philbreck 
David Knowles 
Jonathen Palmer 
Daniel malten jun 
Solomon Dowst 
Rich d Jennes jun 
Samuel Sevey jun 
thomas Jennes 
James Lock jun 
Jonathain towl 
Edward blew 
Samauel Bracket 
Joseph Knowls 
Jeremiah fuller 
John fuller 
Ozom Dowest 
Jacob Leby 
Sam 11 Lebey 
John Lane 
Isaac Lebbe jun 



John Garland 
m r Samll Parsons 
Rich' 1 Rand 
Joseph Lock 
Samuel Knowles 
Samuel Rand 
Mark fors 
John Garland jun 
Christepher Palmer 
willam Palmer 
Ephraim Holmes 
Noah molten 
Rich d Jennes 3 d 
Henery Sevey 
Nathanaill Jennes 
Henry Elkins 
Jonathain towl jun 
Daniel fogg 
Hezekiah Jennes 
James Knowls 
f ranees Lock ju r 
Henery Dow 
Ebenezer Philbreck 
Samuel Jenness 
John Lebey 
Sam 11 Wells 
Josiah webster 



franceis Lock 
Job Jennes 
franceis Jennes 
John Knowles 
William Chamberlin 
Joseph Sevey 
Jethro Goss 
Amos Knowles 
Stephen Palmer 
Simon Garland 
Dacen Rand 
Joshua Rand 
Samuel Sevey 
frances Jennes j r 
Reuben molten 
Epharim Lock 
John Shagll 
Samuel walles 
Edward Rendel 
Isaac Lebbey 
Joseph fuller 
Amos Rand 

Ebenezer Philbreck ju r 
Joseph Jenness 
Jeremiah berrey 
Benjagaim Lampree 
Willem Marden 



WARNER. 



367 



[Endorsed] Portsm July 29 th 1748 Rece d this Petition ty Jon a 
Towle Francis Jennes Rich d Jennes 3 d 

Portsm Nov r 9 th 1748 

y e abovenamed appearing in behalfe of y e within Petitioners desire 
to have a grant upon Rochester head line 



[Plans of Warner.'] 




368 CHARTER RECORDS. 



qpv f 



• •! I 









•. <>§ g 

:' *§ 



[Proposals of Settlers.'] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 86.] 

Proposals Humbly Offerd by us here After Named we Do hereby 
Promise & Oblige Our Selves to Cleare three Acers of Land to Each 
rite in three Years 

And to Settle ten Families in five Years 
And fifteen familes in Seven years 
And that we will Settle twent families in Nine 

And to Build a meeting House & to Provide A Minister to Preach 
the Gorsple to the families that Shall then be Settled on S d Township 
with in the Nine Years 

Jonathan towle ) 
Franceis Jennes > 
Rich d Jennes 3 d ) 

Com tee 



WARNER. 369 

[Charter of Warner, 1749.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 14, 1749.] 

Voted That there be & hereby is Granted unto Richard Jennes Esq r 
Francis Lock Isaac Libbey John Garland M r Samuel Parsons M r 
Joseph Jennes Francis Jennes Job Jennes Ephraim Lock Joshua 
Jennes Noah Moulton Samuel Jennes Jeremiah Fuller Francis Lock 
jun r Christopher Palmer Jonathan Palmer Jethro Gorse Joseph Seavy 
Ebenezer Philbrick Richard Rand Stephen Palmer Daniel Moulton 
Richard Jennes Third Edward Blue Joshua Rand John Garland jun r 
Simon Garland Solomon Dowst Daniel Fogg Samuel Seavy Henry 
Seavy John Knowls John Knowls jun r James Knowls Jonathan Towle 
John Quin Henry Dow James Philbrick Amos Knowls Isaac Libbey 
jun r Jacob Libbey Samuel Bracket Joseph Knowls Thomas Jennes 
W m Palmer Joseph Lock Jun r Arthur Libbey Ebenezer Philbrick 
jun r Josiah Webster Benjamin Lamprey John Jennes Jun r his heirs 
Jonathan Towle Jun r Hezekiah Jennes Joshua Weeks Richard Jennes 
Jun r Nath 1 Jennes Nathan Moulton Sam 1 Knowls Rich' 1 Jackman 
Meshech Bell 3 rd Henry Elkins Rich' 1 Jennes 4 th Thomas Jennes Jun r 
Levi Towle David Moulton Jonathan Jennes Samuel Libbey Daniel 
Moulton Jun r Joshua Rand Jun r Francis Blake All of Rye & New Cas- 
tle Joseph Parsons of Bradford Andrew Maclary John Blake Jun r 
both of Epsom Stephen Gerrish of Contoocook Hunking Wentworth & 
Thomas Parker both of Portsmouth In Equal shares on the Terms 
Conditions & Limitations herein after Expressed all that Tract of 
Land within the Province of New Hampshire Containing the Extent 
& Quantity of six Miles Square Bounded as follows Viz* Begining at 
the South west Corner of a place Called & Known by the Name of 
Contoocook thence Riming North Fifteen Degrees West six Miles 
then Runing from Each End of this line West Five Degrees South 
Six Miles then Crossing & Runing over on a Strait Course from one 
End of these last Mentioned lines to the Other — 

So as to make up the said Quantity of six Miles Square & no More 
To have and to hold to them their Heirs & Assigns in Equal Shares 
on the following Conditions and Limitations That is to Say That the 
Whole Tract of Land within the said Boundries (saving what is herein 
after Mentioned to be otherwise Improved) Be Divided into One hun- 
dred Rights or Shares & Each Share into two Distinct Lots one of 
which is to Contain One hundred Acres And the Other all the Rest of 
the Land belonging to Each Respective Share That the two Lots 
which belong to One share be Numbered with the same Number 
begining with one & Ending with one hundred That the Said Land to 
24 



370 CHARTER RECORDS. 

be so laid out within One Year from the granting thereof & then the 
Lots drawn in the usual Manner of Drawing for Lots of Land in such 
Cases And that this be done under the Care & Direction of the 
Grantors & that there be but One Draft for the two Lots Belonging 
to each Share That one of the said shares be for the first Minister of 
the Gospel who shall be settled on the said Land & Continue there 
During his life or untill he shall be Regularly Dismised to hold to 
him his heirs & Assigns And one Other of the said Shares be for & 
towards the support of the Gospel Ministry there forever And the 
hundred Acre Lots belonging to these two shares Shall be laid out as 
Near the place where the Meeting house shall be built as may be 
Conveniently & not Drawn as the other Lots That there be ten acres 
of Land left in some Convenient place within said Boundaries for 
Building a Meeting house & School house upon and to Improve for A 
Training Field a Burying place & any other Publick use the Inhabit- 
ants there shall see Cause to Make of the Same That one other of said 
shares be for the use of & Support of a School there forever That 
seventeen of said shares be & hereby are Reserved to the use of the 
said Proprietors the Grantors in these Presents their heirs & Assigns 
That the Owners of the other Eighty shares make a Regular Settle- 
ment there at their own Charge & Expense in the following Manner 
Viz t That thirty Families be settled upon said Tract of Land Each 
having a house Equal to sixteen foot square or More & three acres of 
Land cleared & fitted for Mowing or Tillage upon their Respective 
Lots within four Years from the Granting thereof & ten Families 
More so settled within two Years from the same time That a Meeting 
house for the Publick Worship of God be built within Six years & the 
Constant Preaching of the Gospel Maintained there next after twelve 
years from the granting of the said Land That there be twenty Acres 
of Land left in some Suitable Place within said Boundaries for a 
Priviledge & Accommodation of a Saw Mill which shall be to and for 
him or them his or their heirs & Assigns who will Build such Mill 
within two years from the time aforesaid with the Priviledge of the 
Most Convenient Stream & Place for that Purpose & in Consideration 
thereof for the Benefit of the Said Inhabitants the Owner or Owners 
of such Mill shall saw the Logs and Timber of the other Inhabitants 
afores d or Settlers there to the halves for the Term of ten years next 
after the said Mill shall first work if desired so to do & if no Particular 
Person or Persons of the said Owners of said Shares or Such other as 
the Major Part of them shall admitt will undertake to Build Such 
Mill on the said Terms then the said Owners shall do the same at their 
Common Expence & put the Said mill under such a Regulation as 
that they & others Inhabiting there May be served with Boards & 



WARNER. 371 

other Saw'd Stuff on Just & Reasonable Terms of Carrying an End 
the said Settlement — 

That Each Owners of the said Eighty shares Pay to such Person or 
Persons as the Major part of them shall Determine And Chuse for 
that Purpose all such sum & Sums of Money as the said Major Part 
shall Determine to be Necessary from time to time to Defray the 
Charges of Laying out the said Lots & other Matters & things herein 
directed to be done & Necessary to be at their Common Expence for 
Making Said Settlement — 

That in Laying out the said Lots Care be taken to sort them in 
Such a manner as to make the shares as Equal as Posible That the 
Lots be laid in Ranges where the Land will admit of it & Land left 
between the Ranges for high Ways of four Rods wide & between the 
lots of two Rods wide That a Plan of the whole when so laid out be 
Made at the Charge of the said owners & Returned to the Grantors 
as soon as may be Conveniently done That the Remaining Seventeen 
Shares Reserved as aforesaid be Exonerated Acquited & fully 
Exempted from paying any Charge towards Making the said settle- 
ment & not held to the Conditions of the Eighty Shares afores d nor 
liable to any Tax or assessment untill Improved by the Respective 
Owners thereof — 

That all white Pine Trees fit for Masting the Royal Navy be & 
hereby are Reserved & Granted to his Majesty his heirs and Succes- 
sors forever for that Purpose — 

That in Case the Grantees shall fail neglect & omit to settle Forty 
Families upon the said Tract of Land in Manner afores' 1 & within the 
Term aforesaid & to do & perform the Several Matters & things herein 
before Mentioned by them to be done the s d Grantees shall forfeit their 
Right to any & Every part of the said Granted premises and the said 
Grantors may Lawfully Enter into & upon the same or any part 
thereof in the Name of the whole or any Person or Persons for them 
& in their Names stead & behalf & be thereof Seized again as tho' this 
Grant had not been made Provided Nevertheless that Those Particular 
Persons of the said Grantees who shall have performed his or their 
Part according to the true Intent & Meaning of these Presents as 
above shall have hold & Enjoy to him his heirs & Assigns his or their 
Particular shares afores d And In Case the said owners of the Eighty 
shares shall within the Term aforesaid Make finish & Compleat the 
Settlement of forty Families as afores d & shall do & perform all the 
Several Articles matters & things by them to be done as afores d Every 
Particular Person of the said Owners who shall be delinquent & 
neglect to do & perform his Respective share part & proportion of his 
Duty buisness matters & things afores d by him to be done according 



372 CHARTER RECORDS. 

to the true Intent & meaning of these Presents such Delinquent owner 
shall forfeit his share & Right to the said Tract of Land any and 
Every Part thereof to such of the s d Owners who Shall have done and 
performed as aforesaid & they may have hold & Enjoy the same to 
them their heirs & assigns & hereby are Entituled to the Grantors 
Right thereto & may Enter into & upon the Same & take full Seizin 
thereof to their own use as fully & amply as the Grantors themselves 
might Lawfully do as afores' 1 Provided always that in Case of an 
Indian War within any of the Terms of years above Limited for the 
doing any of the matters & things aforesaid by the said owners to be 
done the same Number of years Respectively shall be allowed after 
that Impediment shall be Removed And in Case any action or suits 
shall be bro't against the s d Grantees for the s d Tract of land or any 
Part thereof in the Right of the King under the Massachusets Province 
the Claim of Sam 1 Allen Esq 1- Deceased or the Million acre Grant so 
called the said Grantees are hereby Obliged to Vouch the said 
Grantors or such of the said Grantees as shall be so sued shall so do 
& the said Grantors hereby Promise & Ingage they their heirs 
Executors administrators or assigns shall & will at their own Cost & 
Expence Defend one Action or suit upon one of the said Titles or 
Rights & Pursue the same to final Judgement through the whole 
Course of the Law (if there shall be Occasion) And in Case the final 
Judgment in such Trial Shall be against the s d Grantors the Grantees 
shall Recover Nothing over in satisfaction of & from the said Grantors 
their heirs Executors or administrators or any of them — 



[Draft of Lots, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 69, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6> 

" p. 237.] 
Coll Meservey ^ 
Coll Blanchard ! vr ■ 1 

Paul March f . 

Jos Green J 

John Quin .......... 79 

Jeremiah Fuller ......... 12 

James Knowles ......... 80 

Isaac Libby jun r . . . . . . . . . 71 

Tho s Jennes jun r . . . . . . . . 51 

Jotham Odiorne Esq r ........ 43 

Tho s Parker 20 

Will 01 Palmer 50 



WARNER, 



373 



Mark Hu Wentworth Esq r 
Henry Elkins . 
Jacob Libby 

Colman ju 1 ' 
Ozem Doust 
Arthur Libby . 
Joseph Jennes 
Joshua Jennes 
John Jennes jun r Dec'ds Heir 
Sam 1 Jennes 
Joseph Lock jun r 
John Knowles jun r 
Rich d Jennes Esq r 
James Philbrick 
Steph 11 Gerrish 
Joseph Knowles 
Job Jennes 
Amos Knowls . 
Rich d Rand . 
Nathan moulton 
Meshech Bell 3 d 
John Garland . 
Joshua Rand . 
Stephen Palmer 
John Blake jun r 
Fran 8 Jennes . 
Levi Towl 
Sam 1 Sevey 
Noah Moulton 
Rich d Wibird Esq r 
Edw d Blew . 
Rich d Jennes 4 th 
Fra s Lock 
Joseph Seavev 
Rich d Jennes 3 d 
Daniel Moulton 
Tho s Jennes 
Simon Garland 
Rich d Jackman 
Benj Lamprey 
Rev d Jos. Parsons 
Dan 1 Fogg 
Tho s Parker Esq r 



374 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Jonth n Towl . 
Jethro Goss 
Rev d Sam 1 Parsons 
Solomon Dowst 
Henry Dow 
Isaac Libby 
Joshua Rand jun 1 
Hez. Jennes 
Andrew MacClary 
Samuel Knowles 

Colman Sen 
Jonathan Palmer 
Samuel Libby . 
Sam 1 Bracket . 
Richard Jennes jun 
Josiah Webster 
Joshua Weeks jun r 
Eben r Philbrick 
Daniel Moultou jun r 
David Moulton 
Christo r Palmer 
Jonth u Towl jun r 
Tho s Wallingford 
Fra s Blake 
Theod Atkinson Esq 
Solly & March 
Hunkg Wentworth 
Joshua Peirce Esq r 
John Knowls . 
Mason & Thomlinson 
Ephr 111 Lock . 
John Moffatt . 
Henry Seavey . 
Eben r Philbrick jun 
Edw d Rendle . 
John Wentworth jun r Esq r 
Nath 1 Jennes . 
Fran 8 Lock jun r 
Dan 1 Peirce & Mary Moo 
John Rindge . 
Jonth Jennes . 
Law Lot N° 2 . 
Jo n Garland jun 1 



Esq 



Esq 1 



WARNER. 



375 



Law Lot N 1 . 
Geo Jaffrey Esq r 



23 

27 



Province of New Hampshir Portsmouth October 23 d 1750 — 
The Draft of the Lots of the Township, or Tract of Land granted 
To Rich d Jennes Esqu r Francis Lock & others march 14 th 1749 — 



0*. 



[Plan of Lots.'] 



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376 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Abstract of Votes of Town Proprietors, 1736-67.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 70.] 

The Township N° 1 granted by the General Court of the Province 
of the Massachusitts Bay to a Number of People living in Amesbury 
& Salsbury Novemb r y e 21 st 1736 and a Charter given, and a Commit- 
tee choose, And the Propriety gave Bonds to S l1 Committee for the 
fulfilment of the Charter which cost each Proprietor four Pounds. 

At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the abovesaid Township Octob r 
y e 7 th 1736 Meet and choose a Committee to lay Out 63 Lots and at 
the next meeting Nov r 25, 1736 the Committee made return that they 
Laid Out 63 forty Acre Lots and were paid each 9 s p r Day 

At a Meeting Nov r y e 23, 1738 the Proprietors choose a Committee 
to lay out 63 five Acre Lots which was done and a Return made at y e 
Adjournment of S d Meeting, and the Lots drawn 

At a Meeting Jenuary y e 21, 1738 Voted to clear a Way from Con- 
tucook River to y e Meeting House Lot and at the Same meeting Voted 
to build a Saw Mill in S d Township & Choose a Committee to build 
& finish it by the Last Day of August Next 

At a Meeting March 21 1739 the Committee made a Return that 
they had built & finished the Mill & cleared the Way which cost the 
Proprietors Near 400 £ 

At a Meeting March y e 18 1740 Voted that Tho s Rowell Esq r and 
Lieu* Joseph Jewell be a Committee to present a Petition to his Ex- 
cellency the Governor and Council in the Province of New Hampshire 
for Liberty and direction to bring forward the Settlement of S d Town- 
ship. 

At a Meeting Decemb r 18, 1749 Voted to build five Houses in S d 
Township and Choose a Committee to build & Compleat said Houses 
by y e 26 Day of January 

At a Meeting Jan y 26, 1749 the Committee made a Return that 
they had built 4 Houses according to the Order of the Court 

At a Meeting Feb? 12, 1749/50 Voted that the 5 first Families that 
will Settle in S d Township shall have 5 Houses and 20 £ each Yearly 
for 5 Years 

The Charges for Clearing Land & Ways & c is Supposed would 
amount to Eleven or twelve Hundred Pounds Massachusitts Money 

The Charges that have arose for laying Out 3 Divisions of Land 
building the Saw Mill & Dam running the Line round the Town 
building the Meeting House & Preaching amounts to 28<£ „ 18S „ 
6D on Each Right from June 21 1763 to March y e 31 1767 

Nehemiah Ordway 
Propriators Clark 



WARNER. 377 

[Votes of Town Proprietors, 1767.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 71.] 

The Propriators of a Township of Land Call d N° 1 in the Line of 
Townships so Call d Granted by the Province of the Massachnsets 
Bay in the year 1733 And by the Riming the Line Betwen the 
Provinces s d Township fell within the Bounds of New hampsh 1 Gov- 
erment ; And Now Claim d by the Propriators of Masons Patten so 
Call d Meet this 27 Day of July 1767 And Being Legualy warnd And 
assembled Chose Tho s Rowel Esq 1- Moderator And voted to Chuse a 
Committee to wait on the s d Propriators And to agree with them And 
Take sufficient security for the original Propriators of said Township 
or their assigns if thay Can in a Reasonable maner at the Same Meet- 
ing Made Choice of Cap* Jonathan Barnard Mes s Increes Morrill & 
Ezekiel Evens To Transact s d affair in' Behalf And for the use of the 
Propriaty 
• Almsbury July y e 27 : 1767 

Nehemiah Ordway j ™ *L 



[Committee and List of Proprietors, 1767.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 72.] 

at a Meeting of the Propriators of the township N° 1 in the Line of 
towns in the Province of New Hampsheire the fourth Day of Novemb r 
1767 Voted Mess Jonathan Barnard Increes Moraill And Ezekiel 
Evens a Committee To Take a Charter of the Above S d town of the 
Propriators of Masons Patten ;■ And Give them Security of the Sum 
Agreed upon in Behalf of the Propriaty 

Nehemiah Ordway Propriators dark 

The Propriators Are As followeth 

Nathan Currier Nehemiah Ordway 2 Rights 

Umphrey Perce Ruben Dimon Joseph Jewel 

Sam 11 Barnard Jun r ) 1 Barnard Hoyt Benjaman Evens 

And Stephen Colby ) Joseph Easmund Simion Morrill 

Elihu Gould John Nechals Rev d Pain wingate 

Thomas Rowel Esq r Tho s Barnard Daniel Ring 

Benjamin Tucker Simion Bartlet Enoch Sargant 

Bartholome Heth Jonathan Pressey Stephen Merrill 

Nathaniel Currier w d Esther Colby John wells 



378 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Daniel Quimby Ing n Increes Morrill Tho s Fowler 

Barns Jewel Nathan Goodwin Francis Davis 

Peter Sargant Aron Rowel Tho s Jewel 

Abraham Merrill D 1 ' Gorg Abbet Jeremiah Flanders 

Sam 11 Barnard 2 Rights and a half Cap* Jonathan Barnard 

Theodor Hoyt Nehemiah Ordway J r Ezekiel Evems 

Gideon Rowel Sam 11 & Israel Straw 1 James Ordway 

Ezekiel Morrill Jarvis Ring Joseph Jones 

D r Stephen Sargant Will : Straw half Right 
Ben : Sargant David Bagley Ben : Osgood 

Easmund Hoyt Jonathan Martin ) ^ Daniel Morrill 

and Eliphlet Lowell ) 

At the Adjournment of the meeting of the Propriators of New- 
almesbury Voted that Jonathan Presseys Name be Enterd Instead of 
John Presseys — 

Nehemiah Ordway Clark 



[ William Parker to Theodore Atkinson.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 87.] 

Sir If I h*ad the necessary Information I coud today & tomorrow 
Prepare the Grant to be made to Cap* Barnard & others — the Main 
thing is the bounds they left a Plan with me when they were first 
down but took it away the last time so that I have no materials by 
me — the Terms & time they are to have to Perform the Settlement 
&c the names of the Grantees which are to be first Mentiond in the 
Grant If these things are not to be had to day I Shall not be Ready 
by tomorrow night — I woud have waited on you my Self but have 
met with an Accident which has Lam'd me that it is with difficulty I 
can go about my Room — Please to Send me an answer by the bearer 
and Please to Send for M r JafTrey & Consult him or perhaps the 
work may meet with Exceptions & Rubs — 

I am Your Humble Serv fc 

Dec 1 ' 22 William Parker 

Theod. Atkinson Esq 1 



[Theodore Atkinson to George JaffreyJ] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 88.] 

S r I now Enclose you M 1 ' Parkers request in order to be prepared 
for the Almsbury Men You can furnish him with the Bounds which 



WARNER. 379 

may Correspond with Jannes's Grant by adding the Words about — 
degrees & as our Grants Lies on Each Side there can be no mistake 
only in the 6 Miles which finishes at a Stake (if I remember) in a 
Meadow — Let that be Six Miles & no more — The Terms of Set- 
tlem 4 3 Years — as to the Grantees Names I know nothing of them — 
You have their Plan — I should be Glad to have this Affair Concluded 
& Am S r 

Your Very Humble Serv fc 

Theodore Atkinson 



[Regrant of Warner, 1777.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Dec. 24, 1767.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth December 24 th 1767 Eleaven of the 

New Hampsh r j Clock before noon at the dwelling house of Daniel 
Peirce Esqu r the Proprietors meet according to adjournment — 

Whereas Cap* Jonathan Barnard, Increes Morrill & Ezekiel Evans 
have applied to said Proprietors in Behalf of themselves & others 
whose Names are herein after mentioned for the right of said Pro- 
prietors to a Tract of Land hereinafter Described, which they were 
disposed to settle with all Convenient Dispatch and the said Pro- 
prietors being desirous of Encouraging the settlement of all the Lands 
within their Claim and of Accomodating such Persons who were 
Inclin'd to make such Settlements — And for the greater Advantage 
of the Settlers, Instead of reserving a part to the Grantors as has been 
usually done by them in such Cases have agreed to take a Sum of 
Money as an Acknowledgement of their Right — And thereupon it is — 

Voted that there be & hereby is granted all the Right, Title, Inter- 
est, Property & Demand of said Proprietors, in & to that Tract of 
Land, containing the Quantity of Six Mile Square, within the follow- 
ing bounds, viz 4 beginning at a place called & known by the Name of 
Contoocook, thence running North fifteen Degrees West Six Miles, 
then running from each End of this Line West five Degrees South 
Six miles, then Crossing and running over on a strait Course from one 
End of these last mentioned Lines, at the End of the said Six Miles 
to the other so as to make up the Quantity of Six Miles Square & no 
more, In Consideration of the Sum of one hundred & Eighty Pounds 
to the said Proprietors in hand paid, or secured to be paid by the 
Grantees whose Names are as follows, viz* the said Jonathan Barnard, 
Increes Morrill, Ezekiel Evans Nathan Currier, Nehemiah Ordway, 
two Rights or Shares, Humphry Peirce, Reuben Diamond, Joseph 
Jewell, Samuel Barnard Jun r & Stephen Colby both one Share, 



380 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Barnard Hoyt, Benjamin Evans, Joseph Eastmond, Simeon Morral, 
Elihu Goold, John Nichols, the Rev d M r Pain Wingate Thomas Rowell 
Esq r Thomas Barnard, David Ring, Benjamin Tucker, Simeon Bartlet, 
Enoch Tucker, Bartholomew Heath, Jonathan Pressy, Stephen 
Merrill, Nathaniel Currier, the Widow Esther Coleby John Wells, 
Daniel Quinby, Nehemiah Ordway, Thomas Fowler, Barnes Jewell, 
Nathan Goodwin, Francis Davis, Peter Sargent, Aaron Rowell, Thomas 
Jewell, Abraham Merrill, D r George Abbot, Jeremiah Flanders, 
Samuel Barnard two Rights & an half, Theodore Hoyt, Nehemiah 
Ordway jun r Gideon Rowell, Samuel Straw, & Israel Straw both one, 
James Ordway, Ezekiel Morrall, Jarvis Ring, Joseph Jones, D n 
Stephen Sargent, William Straw half a Right, Benjamin Sargent, 
David Bagley, Benj a Osgood, Eastmond Hoyt, Jon a Martin & Eliphalet 
Lowell, both one, Daniel Morrell, on the Terms, Limitations and Con- 
ditions, herein after Express'd — To have and to hold to them the said 
Grantees, in several & Seperate Shares, to them & their several & 
Respective Heirs & Assigns forever, on the following Terms & Condi- 
tions viz* that the said Grantees settle forty Families, each having a 
house of Eighteen feet in length, and Sixteen feet in breadth, or 
Equivalent thereto & three Acres of Land fit for Tillage, Mowing or 
Pasturing within three years to each Family, that they lay out three 
Rights or Shares, one for the use of the first Minister of the Gospel, 
who shall be ordain'd & Settled there, that one right be for the use of 
the Ministry in the Town, when so Incorporated forever, and one 
other Right for the use of a School, for & towards the Support thereof 
forever, Each of said Rights to be laid out into Lots as the Grantees 
manage the other Rights, & to be free from the Charge of Settlement 
or any Publick Taxes to that End— That each Grantee faithfully & 
duly pay his Proportion of all Taxes that shall be agreed by the 
Majority at any legal Meeting for carrying on the Settlement — That 
they build a Meeting house & Maintain Constant Preaching there 
from & after the Term of three Years from the Date hereof. 

That all White Pine trees growing on said Tract of Land be & 
hereby are reserv'd for his Majesty's Use.— That each Grantee who 
shall neglect to pay his Proportion of the Taxes that shall be agreed 
on as aforesaid shall forfeit so much of his Share as will raise the 
Money at which he is assess'd, whether laid out into Lots, or lying in 
Common, and the other Grantees shall hereby have Power to direct 
how & in what Manner the same shall be dispos'd of for this Purpose, 
& he who shall not perform the Duty required of him as his Propor- 
tion and part of making the said Settlement, shall forfeit his whole 
Right or Share to those of said Grantees who shall have duly per- 
formed the same. — 



WARNER. 381 

But in Case the Majority of said Grantees shall neglect to make 
the settlement, & perform the several matters & things Necessary 
thereunto, according to the time above limitted, they shall forfeit the 
whole Tract to the said Grantors, & it shall & may be Lawfull for 
them to Enter into the same, to repossess, become reseized thereof as 
in their former Estate — And there is also reserved in said Tract of 
Land, Land sufficient for Convenient High Ways, through the said 
Tract of Land, as is usually granted in other Towns by said Proprie- 
tors. — 



[Petition of Ebenezer Hall, Jr., 1769.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 73.] 

Portchmoutch June the 5 d 1769 — 
To the propritiers of A track of land Caled tuftens maisons Pattain 
Gentelmen Propitiers I would inform you that their is a Track of land 
joining the township of Newalmsbury N 1 on the North side and Runs 
westeardly to the township of Pearies town So caled and this track of 
land is a mile wide on the Eastardly End of it — And if said Propri- 
tiers have A mind to Sell this track of land I shuld be glad for to 
pertech it or if you Dont see good for to sell it but should Be a moin 
to Give away some for setteling I should be glad of the faiver of Set- 
teling for you and So I Remains your Humbel servant — 

Ebenezer Hall jun r 
of Concord in Newhamsher 

And I Shuld be glad for to know wether you intend to let me have 
this land or no as soon as you Can and Send me word as soon as you 
can — 



[Petition of Town Proprietors, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 74.] 

To the Proprietors of Masons Patten in the Province of Newhamp 1 
&c 

The Petition of the Proprietors of A Township of Land Lying 
Within s d Patten* Call d New Almsbury Humbly Sheweth 

That the said Proprietors of s d Patten was Pleased to Grant a 
township of Land Lying Within s d Patten unto us the Supscribers on 
the Complyance of Certain Condition Stipulated in the Charter of s d 



382 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Town and the out Lines of s d Town, and the Bounds thereof are Not 
as yet Run or asertaind, Therefore pray that the Hon ble Proprietors 
of s d Patten would be pleased to Appoynt and Impower An able 
Servayer to Runn the out Lines of s d Town and Errect Bounds, and 
that to be Done on the Expence of the Grantees, Which Will much 
oblige your Humble petitions Who in Duty bound Will Ever pray — 
Portsmouth Aprill 16 th 1770 Barnard Hoyt ) Com tee of the 

> Proprietors of 
Henry Morrill ) New Almsbury 



[Petition of Increase Morrill, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 75.] 

To the Committe of the Hon ble the proprietors of Masons Pattent 
So Call d in the Province of New Hamp r — Humbly Sheweth 

That your Petitioner was one of the proprietors of New Almsbury in 
s d Province which was Granted by your Hon rs to him and others in the 
year 1766 — And very Soon after obtaining s d Grant — your petetioner 
Began to make Improvements In s d Township and Continued Clear- 
ing & Cultivating the Land Untill he had Got forty acors of the 
Trees Cut Down, and Thirty Cleard up & had Raised one Hund d 
Bushuls Grain in a year and Erected Building So that he Could 
Maintain himself & famaly Comfortable — But So it happend that one 
Jonathan Palmer Broke in Upon your petitionrs Improvement, so 
that he was obliged to have Recourse to the Law, and after Going to 
the Expence of Carreying the Cause through the Law Lost the Land 
and all his Labour and Expence, in Clearing the Land, & Carreying 
it through the Law, by Reason of a prier Right he had formerly 
obtaind by your Hon rs for the Same Land — all Which hes put your 
petetioner to Great Inconveniances as Well as the Loss of aboute four 
Hundred Dolles in Cash 

Therefor your petetioner Prays that you Would Take Case into 
your Wise Consideration, and Make him A Grant of Some of the 
proprietors unapropriated Land as you in your Know Justice Shall 
See Meet and your petetioner as in Duty Bound Will Ever pray 

Portsmouth June 17 th 1772 Increes Morrill 



WARNER. 

[Plan of Warner, 1772.] 



383 




This Plan Shews the out Boundrey Lines of the Town of New 
Almsbury Wherein is Contained Six miles Squar of Land or Twenty 
three thousand and forty acres as Given in to me by my Chane men 
under oath and is Bounded as folows ; Beganing at a Stake in a 
madow in the Line of Boscawen and Run N. 18° West by said Bos- 
cawen Line Six miles 126 Rods to a Birch the North west Corner of 
Said town, then South 71 West, three miles 70 Rods to a Beach tree 
in Pareystown Line Markd H N 1772 then on Said Pareys Town 
Line South 16° E 345 Rods to Pareys Town Corner to a Beach tree 
and heap of Stons, then South 85° West 3 miles 70 Rods to a Beach 
tree marked as aforesaid and a heap of Stons then South 17° East 4 
miles 231 Rods to a Beach Tree and heap of Stons marked as afore- 
said in Haneker Line, then by Said Haneker Line North 83° East 7 
miles 100 Rods to the Stake in the madow first began at Survey 
august 16 th 1772 

f& Hubartus Neal Dep* Surver 



384 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition of Jonathan Palmer, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 76.] 

Province of ) To the Hon ble the Proprietors of Lands Purchased 
New Hampsh 1 * > of John Tufton Mason Esq r in the Province afore- 
Rockingham ss ) said 

The Petition of Jonathan Palmer of New Almsbury in the County 
of Hillsborough and Province aforesaid — Humbly Sheweth That your 
Petitioner, several years ago settled on a tract of Land in said New 
Almsbury, which was granted by your honours, to the inhabitants of 
the Parish of Rye together with others their Associates, & in & by 
the Charter your honours did ingage with said proprietors that you 
would, defray the Charges of any Lawsuit which might be Commenced 
against any of s d Proprietors of S d New Almsbury or any Claiming 
under them, by any Person Claiming the same under a Massuchetts 
Grant, That Soon after your Petitioner Settled as aforesaid, he was 
Sued by one Increase Morrill in an Action of Trespass, & defended 
the Action through three Courts, and finally Recovered Cost against 
the said Morrill, That your Petitioner is a poor man & Spent a Great 
deal of money, more than he Could Legally Recover by way of Cost 
Against the said Morrill, and has otherways been put to Great trouble 
and Loss of time — Therefore your s d Petitioner humbly prays your 
honours Considering the Circumstances of the Whole matter, that you 
would make him a Grant of as much Vacant Land, some where in 
your honours Patent as you think a Mete Recompence for the trouble 
& Expence & Loss of time, which your Petitioner has Suffered by 
Reason aforesaid, (as your Petitioner has Eight Sons,) and such a 
Grant as is above Petitioned for, may greatly Advance your honours 
interest in your s d Patent & tend to Enable your Petitioner and his 
said sons, (by the blessings of Providence) with industry to Live in a 
Comfortable manner, and your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever 
pray &c 

Portsmouth January 24 th 1774. 

Jonathan Palmer 



[Letter from Samuel Holland, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 77.] 

Portsmouth, 1st March 1774— 
Gentlemen 

In the Course of my laying down the several Townships & Grants 
of Land in that part of this Province which is Held by you under the 



WARNER. 385 

Claim of Tuffton Mason Esq. I find some Tracts yet ungranted, & 
among them the Mountain of Kayasarges with a Small Quantity of 
Land fit for Cultivation surrounding it : As I am inclined to Make a 
Settlement there, I shall be glad to know as soon as convenient, either 
by Letter, or if desired an Interview, whether the Same be agreeable 
to You & on what Terms I may obtain a Grant of it. 

Attending your Answer, I remain Gentlemen, 

Your most obedient humble Servant. 

Samuel Holland 

The Proprietors holding under the Claim of Tuffton Mason, Esq in 
New Hampshire. 



[Andrew Smith's Request, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 78.] 

Mem Andrew Smith of New Holderness desire he may have a 
Settlement in a Gore of Land between Boscawen & Britain Woods, 
& takes in part of Carasaige, 

N B if not Land enough for a Township, whither they will Grant 
or Sell him Some of it, Portsm June 9 th 1774— 



[Two More Bequests, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 78.] 

M r William Courser has Got upon Some Land Near Kierserge Moun- 
tain, upon that Lot of Land Called the Gore and Disires that he may 
be Quieted in it he paying What the Proprietors Shall think Reason- 
able — 

Portsm July 17 tb 1779 

Cap 4 Atkinson Desires that the proprietors would Conclude what 
they woud Take for the Whole Tract, or so much of it as is Lotted 
by Plan 



[Letter from Jonathan Palmer, 1779.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 79.] 

warner August 23 : 1779 to the Honorable jentlemen of masons 
Propriaters and in perticular Tto Squiar joarg jeffers Greeting sir it is 
long sence as you my Remember that i carried in a Pertition to your 

25 



386 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Honours to grant some land which sevral of your honours gave me 
in coragement And for these Reasons 1 st in your Charter to Rye 
Propriatrs that if any periocular Persn or Persns were sewd by 
the Mercichuits in ther no body sewd but i and your honours neglected 
to help me one frthing i aplied to sevral of your honours in the law 
sute to borow a pistereen in astant or half a pistereen but could not 
git it And by your mis conduct Plese y Honours selling the Town 
which was then called jannes town to amsbery years before the charter 
was forfited i lost Seven hundre acers of land and went threw lawsute 
of long contiuance which was a vast Expenc besids eight or ten 
thousand mils travel i carried in a pertitin by the advic of coin Atki- 
son i think abot five or six years ago and have a numer of times 
taken to come to see if my petiton was answd but all in vain and i 
think it squr jeffers neglect plese yor Honour squir jeffers if you will 
not See imedatly git that petition anserd i mean to sew you for dam- 
mage either grant me the land or pay the Damag there is a part of the 
goar upon head of warner joining Easterly upon Newsalsbery Northely 
upon the Mountain kiasarge weterly peries town Southily on war- 
ner grant me that tract of land jentlemen Altho the biger part of 
that tract is veriy mean i shall Recive it kindly at your hands if not 
let me know imeadatly 

Jonathan Palmer — 
i mean if providance permit to be in Rye next week please to send 
me word by the bearer &:C 



[Another Letter from Jonathan Palmer, 1779.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 80.] 

Warner September 17 th 1779 — 

in the county of ^ To the Honorable jentlemen of masons Pro- 

Hilsborgh in I priatrs Greeting Some of your honours my 

the State of new (Remember That about fife or six years ago i 

Hampshear J Carried in a Pertition to your Honours it was by 

the advice of Colnal Atkinson and for these Reasons a little before 

The canady war begun your honours were Pleased to Grant this town 

now called warner to the People of Rye and gave them a good charter 

of twelve years To fulfill in and in case of an indon war the Same 

Length of tim after the Peace was mad as they had from the orignal 

Granting and in case any Perticular Person or Persons should be sewd 

by the masechusets or Alliens Right they would Defend them threw 

one Law sut upon their own cost there was i was a propriater with 

them and had three Rights in the Town which contained about Seven 



WARNER. 387 

hundred and fifty Acers the peace was made by col warners depisition 
in the year 1763 and by the aplication of amsbery People to your 
honours, ware Plesd to sell this town to Them in the year 1767 not 
considring the time you gave to Rye and gave them a charter by 
which Reason i lost sven Hundred acers of land and was sewd by 
them upon a hundred acer lot that had binn improed three seasons 
before They bought a house frame bult upon it and was oligd to carry 
on a law sute upon my own cost notwithstanding your prommis in the 
charter after the law sute was over i went to Col atkison and sevral 
of the Propriaters by the advise of the colnel to give me some Land 
as convenant as might be likewise i did and they All gav me incour- 
agment that they would to make up the damag in not helping in the 
law sute i carred in a Pertition to Squier jeffers fiv or six years ago 
and has alway neglected it althogh i have bin six or sven times down 
out of the countery to see if your Honours had done any thing for me 
to the damag of more than two hundred dollars jentlemen i come 
this once more to see if your will do any thing for me i have Eight 
Sons that want land ther is a little Part of the Goar upon the south- 
erly part of kiasarge upon warner and partly upon newsalsbery about 
two mile and a half above whare i live i would be glad yould gran me 
some ther an ad you would olig yor humble sarvent 

Jonathan Palmer 

Jentle men you Have Sold Seven hundred Acers of My land to 
Amsbery and caused me a long law Sute threw the law which caused 
me eight or Ten thousand mils travel be sides six or seven jurnes 
Down out of the countery seventy or Eighty Miles which is more 
than fifty thosand Pounds lawf money Damag now jentle men grant 
me some land or Pay me the Damag for this the last jurney that i in 
tend to make upon that acount Honored Sirs 

i Remain your humble servent Jonathan Palmer — 

75 mils 

6 

150 



[Letter from Samuel Atkinson, 1780.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 81.] 

Boscawen June 6 th 1780 
To George Geffry Esq r S r 

I Receivd your orders to Notifie the Select men of Waner to 
Preamelate the Line between them and the Gore which they Refused 



388 CHARTER RECORDS. 

saying they had no Rite till they had a propriators meeting having 
had a meeting have appointed the 23 d of this Instant to pramalate S d 
Line — 

I haveing ben Sick and being Now sick With the feaver Could not 
attend your meeting 

S r be so kind as to Acquaint D r Rogers that M r Roe cannot Make 
out to pay for a lot of Land according to his perposels 

This from your most obedient Humble Sarvent 

Sam 11 Atkinson 

To George Geffry Esq 1 ' Propriators Clark 



[Petition of Samuel Atkinson, 1781.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 82.] 

To the Henorable Masonian Proprietors the Petition of Sam 1 
Atkinson humbly Shueth that wareas your Petitiener having Done 
Sundry Servises in your Lawsute Respecting allexandria and Sence 
paying Taxes on your Lands in Newchester and in Geting the 
kiasarge Gore Servayd and Lotted out theirfore your Petitiener 
humbly Pray your honors to make him a Grant of the one half of Said 
Gore for his Servises or Such a part as your honers See fit on the fol- 
lowing Conditions namely — he to Put on fifteen Settlers with what is 
on and to make Good Roads through Said Gore and Paying the Tax 
of the Reserved Part for three Years from this Time and your Peti- 
tioner as in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray — 

Portsmouth May 30 1781 Sam 1 Atkinson 



[Plan of Kearsarge Gore.~] 

This Plan is laid Down by a Scale of two Hundred rods to an Inch 
the Lots Contain 105 acres Each and a reserve made for Highways 
through Each Lot if wanted the Best Lots are marked with the Letter, 
G : the middling with the Letter M : the Poorest with the Letter P : — 

By Henry Gerrish Surveyer — 

The Westerly Prict Line on the Head of Salisbury is the Line on 
which they have Laid their Lots 

The Eastwardly Prict Line is the Line agreeable to their Charter 



WARNER. 



389 




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CHARTER RECORDS. 



The middle Black Line runs from one of their old Bounds to the 
other 

All the Lotts that contain more or Less than 105 acres have the 
Number of acres Set on each Lot 

The Number of acres Set on the Lots at the Head of Salisbury is 
What they Contain within the Prict Line 



[Reserved Lots in the Gtore, 1781.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, pp. 83, 89, 90, and Proprietors' Records, 

Vol. 4, p. 72.] 

Kyahsarge Gore 

Richard Wibird lots N° 68-26, 46-20, 28 

John Moffatt lots N° 50-13, 33-40, 48 

George Jaffrey lots N° 5-45, 81-29, 60 

Mark H^ Wentworth lots N° 2-9-11-27, 57 
Jotham Odiorne Lots N° 49-3, 52-21, 37 
Thomas Packer lots N° 4-43, 74-41, 56 
Thomlinson & Mason lots N° 1-65-72-58, 59 

Solly & March lots N° 17-47, 66-63, 75 

Joshua Peirce lots N° 51-21-34-54, 67 

Peirce & Moore Lots N° 6-85 for 2 lots-61, 25 

John Wentworth Lots N° 79-7, 14-36-82 

Theodore Atkinson lots N° 16-77-80-71. 64 
Thomas Wallingford lots N° 18-15, 44-19, 35 

John Rindge lots N° 83-53, 69-55, 70 

Meserve & Company Lots N° 73-30, 42,-62, 76 
Solly & March southerly part of Lot N° 84 111 Acres ) 

John Wentworth Northerly corner of Lot N° 84-27 Acres > 
John Wentworth Lot N° 78-86 Acres ) 

drawn in the division of Lands in Alexandria, Alexandria Addition 
and in the Gore next Winnepissioke &c to make 15 Equal shares — 
Mark H g Wentworth Lot N° 8 ) 

John Wentworth Lot N° 10 | 

Thomas Wallingford Lot N°12 ) 

drawn in the division of Lands in New Chester in order to make 15 
equal Shares 



WARNER. 391 

[Road Laid Out, 1792.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 84.] 

Laid out a Road to Strike said Line a Little West of M r Joseph 
Quinbys Dwelling House in Salisbury thence on Salisbury Line forty 
Six Rods to a Great Rock, thence South fifty five degrees, West, 
Eighty Six Rods to Jeremiah Palmers House, thence About West 
Two hundred and forty Rods to a Spruce Tree marked, thence South 
forty Five Degrees, West Eighty Rods to a Tree marked thence West 
Sixty Six Rods to Sutton East Line through the Gore Called 
Kiasarge Gore as Set forth in a Petition to said Sessions Signed by 
Joel Eastman and Others the Whol Distance from Salisbury West 
Line to Sutton East Line being About one mile and a half Said Road 
is Laid four Rods Wide 

the Above by Order of the Court of General Sessions in the County 
of Hillsborough Holden at Amherst in March 1792 

May 22 d 1792 ( Jeremiah Page ) 

By < Ebenezer Webster > Committee 
( James Flanders \ 



[Request of Jonathan Palmer. .] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 91.] 

After about one Thousand Eight Hundred mils Travel up and 
Down to your Honours by the inCouragement of Colnel Atkison and 
always Bin disapointed of a hearing by Square Jeffers i Humbely 
once more make my Redress to your Flonours there being about one 
hundred acors of land to be sold in Plan of new Salsbery i this once 
aply my self to your Honours to see What your honors will Give me 
towards bying of it it lieth at the uper end of the town adjoying upon 
the west Foot of litle Kiasrge and neare The town of warner in the 
county of hillsburogh in the State of New hampshare i Remain your 
humble sarvent 

Jonathan Palmer 



3Q2 CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Estimation of Lots, etcJ] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 84.] 

A Proportional Estimation of the Lots 





1 st range 


N° 1—70 
N° 2—90 sold 
N° 3—15 
N° 4—10 
N° 5—50 


N° 6—70 
N° 7—90 sold 
N° 8—70 sold 
N° 9—15 




2 d range 


N° 1—90 
N° 2—100 
N° 3—100 sold 
N° 4—100 sold 

N° 5—70 sold 


N° 6—40 
N° 7—100 
N° 8—100 sold 
N° 9—70 sold 
N° 10—20 




3 d range 


N° 1—30 
N° 2—50 
N° 3—50 
N° 4—10 


N° 5—10 
N° 6—10 
N° 7—20 
N° 8—70 




4 th range 


N° 1—40 
N° 2—90 
N° 3—60 


N° 4—70 
N° 5—70 

5 th range 


N° 1—80 


N° 3—40 



N° 2—50 

6 th range 
N° 1—30 

Lots Chose by Col° Goffes Settlers 
first Range N° 1—2, 6, 7 
Second Range N° 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 
Third Range none — 
Fourth Range N° 2 
Gordon Settled on Lot N° 3 2 d Range 

Grimes Improved on lot N° 9, 2 cl Range & on part of N° 8 or 7 in 
Range 



WARNER. 393 

[Petition of Inhabitants, 1801.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 85.] 

State of Newhampshier 

To the Honourable Propriators of Land in Keasearge Goar Hum- 
bely Shew that We your Petitnor and others inhabitance of Keasearge 
Goar; and in the County of hillsbourough ss Labour under many heard 
Shipt and Dissvntages in Setling on the Land that We your Petitnors 
bought From Sum of you Jentlemen — therefore your honour may 
Remember that the Land is Very heard brocken Stoney Land at the 
beest there Four ; now to have the beest of it taken Way by Salsbury 
Line taking a brand New establishment : With New bounds on thier 
West Lines. — Which must take as much as one third Parte off from 
them Lots that We your Petitnors bought ; From your honour ; and 
Did give a Jenress Price For them Lots on that Line ; and there Four 
as your Petitnors have Purchessed the Land as much as one third 
Parte of the Way on that Line We think : your honours Will not 
establish a brand New Line With out our Concent or make Sume 
Reserve For those Lots of Land that We hold by Deeds From your 
honours. — 

Moreover We Wold in Form your honours that thier is three Lots 
of land more on the Same Line Which is oned by m r Woodbery 
Langdon and Squies Jeffors — to it Nomber 78 and No 81 and No 82 
the New Line Will take near one half of these three Lots a bove 
mentchned. — and besides those Lots : thier Will be as much as three 
thousend acors of Common Land taken From you by that New Line : 
if it is a Established by you. — or the Propriators book of Records 
must Fail : For We Find on the Propriators books of Records Estab- 
lishment of Lines by a Commity Chosen by borth Propriators ; to it 
in the name of Stevns town — and Newbritan in the yers 1762 ther- 
four We your Petitnors Due not think that your honours Wold Due 
Such a thing as to Establish a New Line Contry to the old bounds ; 
and Contry to the Propriarts Records ; and Contry to the Deeds that 
Sum of you have given ; and Contry to your one intress Moreover We 
Wold in Form your honours that their is a Lawsute that Was Com- 
minsth Last merch a gainst the Widdow : Wells by one of the inhabi- 
tance of Salsbury : in regard of the Lot No 77 Where four We beig 
your Delay of Establishing the New Line at Present untill thier Can 
be a Fare triel — as in Dude bound Will Ever Pray — 

Dated at kesarge Goar October 1 — 1801 

Jason Watkins \ Select men 
Joseph French J- For Said 
Benjamin Cass ) goar 

to the Propirator Clark 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



WASHINGTON. 



[This town was Number 8 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut 
River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Granted by the Masonian 
Proprietors, Dec. n, 1752, to Capt. Peter Prescott and others. Regranted Maich 
17, 1768, to Reuben Kidder and others. The charter was renewed Feb. 5, 1772. 
The town was variously known as Monadnock No. 8, New Concord, and Camden, 
until it was incorporated as Washington, Dec. 13, 1776, and named in honor of 
George Washington. A portion was combined with New Bradford and Washing- 
ton Gore to make up the town of Bradford, Sept. 27, 1787. The line between 
Washington and Lempster was established Nov. 27, 181 2. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; XIII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 626 ; Index to Laws, 569 ; The Late Centenarian of, 
with a Brief History of the Town, by George Bancroft Griffith, 3, Granite Monthly, 
p. 536; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 13 ; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 474; History, 1768 — 1886, compiled by a committee 
chosen by the town, 1886, pp. 696; sketch, by George M. Gage, Hurd's History 
of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 391.] 



[Charter of Washington, 1752.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 135, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 8, p. 92.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power & Authority Granted and 
New Hampsh r ) Vested in me the Subscriber by the Proprietors of 
Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r in the Province of New 
Hampshire, by their Vote passed at their Meeting, held at Ports- 
mouth, in said Province, the Sixth day of December— A D— 1751 — 

I Do by these presents, on the terms & Conditions, with the Reser- 
vations hereinafter Expressed Give & Grant all the Right Property, 
& Possession of the Proprietors aforesaid, unto Cap fc Peter Prescott, 
Stephen Hosmer, Jun r , John Wood, John Fox, Daniel Hoar, Timothy 
Hoar, Jacob Fox, Joseph Lee, Zephaniah Wood, Abijah Mason, 
Nathan Stratton, Seth Lee, Timothy Hodgman, Stephen Hosmer 
tertius, Abel Miles, Joseph Stratton, Joseph Wheeler, Joseph Wheeler 
Jun^Archelaus Adams Jonathan Fisk, John Miles, Consider Soper, 
Charles Prescott, Abel Prescott, James Landman, Jonas Haywood, 
Abel Fox, David Fletcher, Nathaniel Piper, Nathaniel Hosmer Jun 1 
William Hosmer, Peter Prescott Jun r James Minott Jun r all of Con- 
cord, John Fox, John Fox jun r Eleazer Lawrence Eleazer Lawrence 
tertius, all of Littleton, Jonathan Hosmer Nathaniel Wheeler, Jona- 
than Conant, William Cutting Joseph Wheeler all of Acton, William 



WASHINGTON. 395 

Rice of Sudbury, Aaron Willard of Lancaster John Buss of Lunenburg,, 
William Boutwell, of Leominster, Nathaniel Sawyer of Lancaster, 
John Bulkeley, & Peter Bulkeley of Boston, Robert Fletcher Jun r of 
Nottingham, all in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, Josiah 
Brown, William Spaulding, Peter Powers, Stephen Powers, Samuel 
Cumings, Zachariah Stearns, John Stearns, Zachariah Stearns jun r 
Jonathan Combs, Jacob Fletcher, Jeremiah Colburn, all in the 
Province of New Hampshire, in Equal shares of in & to that Tract of 
Land, or Township Called Manadnock Number Eight, (or New Con- 
cord,) Lying in the Province of New Hampshire aforesaid, & within 
the Claim of Mason's Patent, Bounded as followeth, Beginning at a 
Stake, & heap of Stones, the Northwesterly Corner of Manadnock N° 
7, (so Called,) Granted to Reuben Kidder & others, which Stake & 
Stones, is in the said Patent Line, Lately run by Joseph Blanchard Jun r 
Esq r from thence runs by said Number Seven, South Eighty Degrees 
East, Six miles, and an half to a Stake & heap of Stones, from thence 
North Twenty Eight Degrees, East Eight miles on Ungranted Lands 
to a Beach tree from thence North Eighty Degrees West, Six miles & 
an half to the Patent line aforesaid from thence Southerly by said 
Patent line to the first Bounds mentioned, to them their Heirs & 
Assigns, To have, and to hold, on the Terms & Conditions with the 
Reservations, hereinafter Expressed, viz* that the tract of Land afore- 
said, be Divided in to One hundred & twenty Three Equal Shares, two 
Lots to a Share at the Least, at the Expence of the Grantees — & 
Drawn for in some Open Equitable Manner, at or before the last day 
of January A D 1754, a plan & Record thereof to be made, & by their 
prop rs Clerk on Oath, Certified with the Schedule, and Delivered into 
the said Grantors Clerk's Office, within thirty Day's next after such 
Draft — That three of the aforesaid Shares be & hereby are Granted, 
one to the first Settled Minister, one for the Ministry, and one for the 
School there for ever, free of all Charge — that Twenty more of the 
said Shares, be Reserved, to & for the Grantors their Heirs, and 
Assigns forever, free from all Incumbrance of Settlement, Tax, Charge, 
or Expences, whatsoever, untill Improved by the Owners, or some 
holding under them Respectively — That the Owners of the other 
shares viz*, all Exclusive of James Minott Jun r Josiah Brown, William 
Spaulding, Peter Powers, Stephen Powers, Samuel Cumings, Zacher- 
iah Stearns, Jn° Stearns, Zacheriah Stearns jun r Jonathan Combs, 
Jacob Fletcher, & Jeremiah Colborn jun r at their own Expence, make 
Settlement in the following manner Viz 1 that there be three Acres,, 
Cleared, Inclosed, & fitted, for Mowing, or tillage, on some one Lot,, 
of Each of the fifty Settling Shares aforesaid, at or Before the last 
day of June 1755 and two Acres more on each of the same Lots 



39 6 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Annually, for three Years then next Coming and at the Expiration of 
five Years from this Date, to have on each of the said Fifty Lots a 
Convenient Dwelling house, and a Family or some person Resident 
there for four Years then next Coming That all Necessary Hyway's 
be laid out in said Township thro' Grantors & Grantees Lands, as 
there shall be Ocation for the future, without any pay or Allowance 
for Damage thereby — That a Convenient Meeting house be Built in 
said Township, and Finished within Ten Years from this Date, & 
Twenty Acres Reserved for Publick Use at the place that shall be 
Appointed to sett said House on — That the aforesaid Grantees by a 
Major Vote in publick Meeting Called for that purpose, Grant & 
Assess in equal Proportion, such Sum or Sums of money, as they shall 
think Necessary from time to time for Carrying forward, and Com- 
pleating the Settlement aforesaid & Every of the Grantees, Exclusive 
of the three publick Lots who shall Neglect for the Space of thirty 
Day's, next after such Assessment is made & Granted, (to pay 
the same) so much of such Delinquents Rights Respectively, shall & 
may be sold, as will pay the tax, & all Charges Arising thereon by a 
Com'ittee to be Appointed by the Grantees for that purpose, — And 
in Case any of the Grantees shall Neglect or Refuse to perform any 
of the Articles aforesaid, by him Respectively to be done, he shall 
forfeit his share & Right, in said Township, & every part of thereof 
to those of the Grantees, who shall Comply with the Conditions on 
their part herein Expressed & it shall & may be Lawfull for them or 
any Person by their Authority, to enter into & upon the Right, Share 
or part of such Delinquent Owner, in the Name & Behalf of the 
whole of the Grantees, who shall Comply as aforesaid, to Amove, 
Oust & Expell for the use of them, their Heirs, & Assigns, Provided 
they^ Settle, or Cause to be Settled Each such Delinquents Right 
within the term of one Year at the furthest, from the period that is by 
this Instrument Stipulated to be done, as the Conditions of this Grant, 
& fully Discharge, & Comply, with the whole Duty such Delinquent 
ought to have Done, within one Year, from time to time, after the 
Respective Periods thereof, and in Case the Grantees, fullfllling their 
parts as aforesaid, shall Neglect fullfilling as aforesaid, the Duty of 
any Delinquent Owner, that then such Share or Shares, shall be for- 
feit, Revert & Belong to the Grantors, their Heirs & Assigns, and be 
Wholly at their Disposall, free from future Charge— Always Provided 
there shall be no Indian War, within any of the Terms limitted as 
aforesaid, and in Case that should Happen the same time to be 
Allowed for Doing the Duty after such Impediment shall be 
Removed, — 

Lastly that all White pine trees Growing on said Tract fit for 



WASHINGTON. 



397 



Masting his Majesty's Royal Navy, be & hereby are Granted to his 
Majesty, his heirs, & Successors for Ever, 

To all which premises I Joseph Blanchard Agent for & in Be- 
half of the Proprietors the Grantors, have hereunto set my hand & 
Seal this Eleventh day of December A D. 1752, & in the twenty 
Sixth Year of his Majesty's Reign, — 



A true Copy Examin'd- 



Joseph Blanchard. ] LS 



Peter Prescott, Prop r Cle r 
1 G. J Prop rs Cle r 



Rec d Sep r 4 th 1753, 

A true Copy of the Return of Record 

attest : Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Plan of Washington, 1753.] 



•*puv2"pafv9JJun no yfay pv» *tyiux*s Yi-">U ">'6?(r >/?»»"^ t v 




"lest 10 SeptM Sim <Su Mdti and half 



This plan Describes the tract of Land Called Manadnock Nomber 
Eight (or New Concord) Granted unto Cap 1 Peter Prescott & Others, 
Lying in y e Province of New Hamp r — part of Masons Patent Con- 
taining 33280 Acres the Bounds Course & Length of Line as Deline- 



308 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ated On the plan herewith Layed in a Scale of One mile to an Inch 

Dated April 1753 

°$ Stephen Hosmer Ju r Surveyor 

The Aforegoing plan & Return is a True Copy as on file Com- 
pared "§ 

June 19 th 1753— Peter Prescott Prop" Cle r 

Grantees 27030 Acres Grantors 5250 acres 



[ Vote of Acceptance by Grantees, 1753.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 145, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 8, p. 93.] 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq, as agent, for & in the name & 
Behalf of the Proprietors of the Lands, in the Province of New 
Hampshire, purchased by them of John Tufton Mason Esq r who sold 
to them, under the Title made to them, by a Common Recovery, did 
on the Eleventh day of December, A D, 1752, Grant the Contents of 
Eight miles Long, & Six miles & an half wide part of said Lands 
Bounded as follows viz* Beginning at a Stake, & Heap of Stones, the 
Norwesterly Corner of Monadnock Number Seven, (so Called,) 
Granted to Reuben Kidder, & others, which Stake & Stones is in the 
Patent Line, lately run by Joseph Blanchard jun r Esq r from thence 
runs by said N° Seven South Eighty Degrees, East Six miles & an 
half to a Stake & Heap of Stones, from thence North Twenty 
Eight Deg s East Eight miles on Ungranted Lands, to a Beach tree 
from thence North Eighty Degrees West, Six miles & an Half, to the 
patent Line aforesaid, from thence Southerly by said patent Line to 
y e first Bounds mentioned — under Certain Conditions Limitations & 
Reservations, in said Grant mentioned as by said Grant, Reference 
thereto will fully appear, unto Cap* Peter Prescott Stephen Hosmer, 
Jun r John Wood, John Fox, Daniel Hoar, Timothy Hoar Jacob Fox, 
Joseph Lee, Zepheniah Wood, Abijah Mason Nathan Stratton, Seth 
Lee, Timothy Hodgeman, Stephen Hosmer Tertius, Abel Miles, 
Joseph Stratton, Joseph Wheeler, Joseph Wheeler Jun r Archalaus 
Adams, Jonathan Fisk, John Miles Consider Soaper Charles Prescott, 
Abel Prescott, James Lanman Jonas Haywood, Abel Fox, David 
Fletcher Nathaniel Piper, Nath 11 Hosmer Jun r William Hosmer, Peter 
Prescott Jun r James Minott jun r all of Concord, John Fox, John Fox 
Jun r Eleazer Lawrence jun r Eleazer Lawrence Tertius, all of Little- 
ton, Jonathan Hosmer, Nathaniel Wheeler, Jonathan Conant, William 






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399 



Cutting Joseph Wheeler all of Acton, William Rice of Sudbury Aaron 
Willard, of Lancaster, John Buss, of Luninburg William Boutwell of 
Leominster Nathan 1 Sawyer of Lancaster, John Bulkeley, Peter 
Bulkeley of Boston, Robert Fletcher jun r of Nottingham all in the 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay, Josiah Brown William Spauld- 
ing, Peter Powers, Stephen Powers Samuel Cumings, Zachariah 
Stearns, John Stearns Zachariah Stearns jun r Jonathan Combs, Jacob 
Fletcher Jeremiah Colborn, all in the Province of New Hampshire, 
Therefore Unanimously Voted that we do hereby Accept said Title, 
and for our Selves our Heirs, & Assigns, do Acknowledge that we do 
hold said Lands, under said Title, Conditions, & Limitations, with the 
Reservations therein Mentioned. 

Extract from the Votes of the Prop rs of the Township called Man- 
adnock N° 8, al s New Concord, at their Meeting January 27 th 1753 — 

Copy Examin'd f Peter Prescott Prop rs Cle r 

Receiv'd Sep r 4 th 1753, f G. J. Pro : Cle 1 

a true Copy of the Vote returned of Record 

attest : Geo : Jaffrey Prop 1 ' 3 CI 



[Draft of Lots.~\ 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 140, Papers, Vol. 8, p. 94.] 
Schedule of Grantees Right in Manadnock N° 8 or New Concord — 



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William Spalding 

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William Hosmere 
Seth Lee . 
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Joseph Wheeler, Acton 

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Nathaniel Piper . 
Joseph Stratton . 
Zepheniah Wood 
Nathaniel Wheeler 
Joseph Wheeler Junior 
Peter Prescott . 

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John Fox . 
Eleaz r Lawrence Jun r 
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Eleazer Lawrence Jun r & Eleazer Lawrence Tertius 
John Miles, & Nathaniel Hosmere Jun r . 

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Joseph Stratton, & Joseph Wheeler 
Josiah Brown & William Spaulding . 
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Nathaniel Sawyer, & John Fox of Littleton 






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The aforegoing thirty nine lots is the Remainder to Corapleat the 
full Division of the Township, Which to the Grantees Entered as 
above, is to Compleat the full Division of each Grantee, 31 lots part 
thereof, to Sixty one of the Grantees as entered fifty acres to each, for 
Quantity, & Quality as Tenants in Com'on, and as'they are Severally 
Joyned in each Lott, the lott of William Rice, one half being to the 
Grantees — 

This Certifies that the three foregoing pages Contain the whole 
schedule or Account of the Division of Manadnock N° 8, or New 
Concord, (so Called,) in the Province of New Hampshire, with the 
Several Lots as Coupled to each Share, & Drawn at a Proprietors 
Meeting held at Concord, the first day of January 1754, which lots are 



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Entered in the Sev ?] n 4 oq 

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the Grantors for t^ ?"' Served in the P, * °i e of said Schedule 
WiHian, £ t£! lr ™? ^e five Lt ^ n ° f Said To «P oy 

posaH, JanuarV 2 fel d f ° r the <*»™£ nw'&S t ha ' f Lot ^ 
J -o i ?54— use, & to be at their Dis- 

A *"- Copy of tbe Retarn ^ Qf ^Peter P rescott Proprs ^ 

attest, Geo • To#> 

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[Plan of Lot*.] 




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The afore Written is a true Copy of the Plan And Return Taken 
the first clay of January 1754 — & Exam d 

m Peter Prescott Prop rs Clerk— 



[Proprietors' Lots in Washington, 1756.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 144, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 8, p. 95.] 



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John Wentworth Esq 1- 
Jotham Odiorne Esq r s Right 
John Rindge . 
Nath 1 Meserve Esq r & C° 
George Jaffrey 
Thomas Wallingford Esq 
Sam 1 Solly Esq & Clem 1 March 
John Moffatt Esq r . 
Joseph Blanchard Esq 1- 
Richard Wibird Esq r 
Theodore Atkinson Esq 
Thomlinson & Mason 
Thomas Packer Esq r 
Daniel Peirce Esq r & M : Moor 
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This schedule to be annex'd to the Grantees Schedule of New Con- 
cord, or Monadnock N° 8 — 

Province of ) At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands pur- 
New Hamp re \ chased, of John Tufton Mason Esq r in New Hamp- 
shire, held at Portsmouth March 30 th 1756 — 

The Reservation of said Proprietors shares in that Tract of land, 
or Township called Manadnock N° 8, or New Concord Viz* Sixteen 
Shares, or Rights, were drawn for, & Severed as entered to the per- 
sons above written & in the Manner described in the above Schedule, 
Reserving the Seventeenth Lot for the use of said Proprietors, as 
shall be hereafter disposed of by them, the above shares numbered, 



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one to sixteen Containing three hundred & fifty Acres, to a Share, the 
said Seventeenth share to Contain three hundred Acres — 

attest, Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs Cle r 
a true Copy of Record 

attest : Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Petition of Reuben Kidder, 1767.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 96.] 

To Theodore Atkinson Esq r & others, Proprietors of certain Lands 
in the Province of New Hampshire that formerly belonged to John 
Tufton Mason Esq 1- — 

Humbly prays, Reuben Kidder, for a Grant of a Tract of Land 
lying in the afores d Lands, com'only known by the Name of Monad- 
nock Number Eight — on the usual Conditions, — which will greatly 
oblige, Gentlemen, Your most Obd* & most 

Hum 1 Serv* 

Portsmouth Dec r y e 8 th A D 1767.— Reuben Kidder 



\fRegrant of Washington, 1768.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 17, 1768.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth March 17 th 1768 Thursday five of the 
New Hampshire \ Clock afternoon The Proprietors meet according to 
Adjournment — 

Voted to give and grant to Reuben Kidder of Ipswich in the 
Province aforesaid Esqu r all our Right and Property of, in and unto 
that Tract of land (or Township) known by the name of Monadnock 
N° 8 (or new Concord) now Camden, lying in the Province aforesaid, 
and within the Claim of Mason's Patent, It being the Same Tract of 
land which was formerly granted to Cap* Peter Prescott & others, but 
now forfeited, and is bounded as follow's, viz 1 , Beginning at a Stake 
and heap of Stones at the north Westerly Corner of Monadnock N° 7 
— (so called) granted to Reuben Kidder aforesaid and others, which 
Stake and Stones is in the said Patent Line, formerly run by Joseph 
Blanchard Jun r Esqu r from thence run's by Said N° 7, South Eighty 
Degrees East Six miles & an half to a Stake and Heap of Stones, 
from thence North twenty Eight Degrees East, Eight miles on 



406 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ungranted Lands to a Beech Tree, from thence North Eighty Degrees 
West Six Miles and an half to the Patent line aforesaid, from thence 
Southerly by Said Patent Line to the Bounds first mentioned — To 
have, and to hold, to him, his Heirs & Assigns on the Terms & Con- 
ditions with the Reservations hereafter expressed Viz* That the 
Grantors reserve one third part of said Tract (exclusive of Ponds) 
equal in Quality with the whole Tract the said third part to be laid 
out in three equal Divisions in three different Situations, as to be 
equal in Value of either of the other two thirds granted, & each of 
the three Divisions to be divided into two Shares or Lots well marked 
and described & number'd & to be in a Plan of the whole Tract returned 
within Six Months & drawn for by the Grantors at their Proprietors 
Meeting to assertain each Proprietors Part & Share therein — That 
the said Reuben have within one Year from the making of this Grant, 
ten Family's Settled & Constantly to reside in said Tract hereby 
Granted & within two Years to have ten Families more settled & to 
Continue Residence there, & within three Years to have ten Families 
more settled in said Tract, & that in each of the three Years, there 
be ten Convenient dwelling houses built, & three Acres of Land to 
each Family to be cleared, inclosed & fitted for Mowing or Tillage on 
each of the Settlements — That all Publick highways be Laid out & 
Cleared in said Township thro' the Lands of the Grantors, & that 
hereby Granted, of three Rods wide for Main Roads, & two Rods for 
Cross Roads, as may best Accommodate those may inhabit the same, 
or the Publick, at the Charge & Expence of the Grantee his Heirs & 
Assigns, and that all Highways for the future as may be necessary 
shall be laid out without any Pay or allowance, for Damage to the 
Owner or Owners of any of the whole aforesaid — That the said 
Grantee shall reserve in some Convenient place, ten Acres of Land 
for building a Meeting house upon, a school House, Burying Ground, 
& Training-Field — Also two hundred Acres of Land "for the first 
Settled Minister of the Gospel forever, who shall Continue in the 
Ministry there till Death, or be regularly dismist from that Office, & 
two hundred Acres for a Glebe for the Use of the Gospel Ministry 
forever, & two hundred Acres for the Support of a School forever, 
And if the said Reuben Kidder shall neglect to perform the several 
Articles aforesaid, by him to be done four Months after the last Day 
aforesaid by which they ought to be done, then he the said Reuben 
Kidder shall forfeit the said Tract of Land & Premises to the said 
Grantors, their Heirs & Assigns — 

Also all White Pine Trees, growing on said Tract fit for Masting 
his Majesty's Royal Navy, be and hereby Granted to his Majesty, 
his Heirs & Successors forever. — 



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[Condition of Settlements, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 16.] 

Manadnock N° 8 or Camden the aeon 1 of the Sattelors Houses 
Barns and Stock Lands Cleard and Trees Full on Each Lott — 











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Will m Scott . 


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John Steal 


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Sims Parker . 


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David Taylor . 


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David Kyes 


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Epheam Procter 


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Log Hous 






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David Danford 


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John SafFord . 


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Simeon Farnsworth 


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they have Cleard Good Rodes in Camden to all the Lotts that they 
have Satled on ; or began 



408 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Prov. N. Hampsh r ) Dec r 10 th Then Cap* HubartesNeal made solemn 
Rockingham j Oath the above accounts & Report are just & true 
according to y e best of his Knowledge & y e best information he good 
get — 

Cor D Peirce Jus Pac 



[Letter from Robert Fletcher, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 97.] 

Sir Your Propriety have Repatedly Requested and urged Reuben 
Kidder Esqr who Obtained the Grant of the Township of Cambden to 
Comply with the Conditions of his Grant, One of which is to Divide 
off all the Grantors Shares at his Own Expence under My care and 
Inspection, and there are a Considerable number of Famallys waiting 
for Nothing but the said Division to be made, that they may Know 
where to work and Compleate the Settlement next sum'er, it is Nec- 
essesary also on Esq 1- Kidders Acct in Order to save the Forfiture of 
his Grant — It will be of More Consequence to Your Propriety for me 
to attend that service this spring than any Other — and it will take so 
much time to Compleat the Division with any tolerable Equety. (and 
Must be done after the snow is Off.) that it will be Impossable for 
Me to attend the Proposed Survey at Tuftonbor this season — Cap* Isaac 
Rindge Esq r or Cap 1 Royce can Recom'end to You Some Honest & 
Capable surveyor to do that work — I did not Recolect my Ingage- 
ment when I saw You last or should have Excused my Self on that 
ace* and Saved You any further Trouble, and my Self the Mortification 
of asking Your Pardon for in advertantly Promising what is not in 
my Power to comply with. Without Injuring Your Intrest as a 
Proprietor more by neglecting my ingagement to attend the Division 
of Your Intrests at Cambden, than any other of my services can Possa- 
bly compensate or Repair. I must therefore Beg You to Excuse my 
Past inadvertance while I subscribe myself as I Really am Most 
Respectfully Your Hm le SeiV 

Robert Fletcher 

Dunstable March y e 2 d 1771— 

M r Peter Pearse Merch 1 Portsm 



[Letter from Reuben Kidder, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 98.] 
Sur I Red your Kind Later Dated October the Seventh and your 
Houner Rote to me the Grantees was unesey that I had not Returned 



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a Plan of the Town of Camden Sur the Reson was I Did not was by the 
new Line being Run taking in a Peace of Land on the west side of 
the Town and when I was at Portsmouth Last it was not Concluded 
on wich Line I Should go to I Shall be at Portsmouth in a fue Days 
and if thir Should be meeting of the Grantes I Should be glad it mite 
be Seatled wich Line I am to go to this from your Humbel Servent 

October 29 1771 Reuben Kidder 

To George Jaffery Esq 1 ' 



[Grant Renewed, 1772.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Feb. 5, 1772.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth February 5 th 1772 Wednesday three 

New Hampsh r \ of y e clock afternoon the Proprietors meet according 
to adjournment — 

The Proprietors on the 17 th day of March 1768 — having made a 
grant unto Reuben Kidder Esq r of a certain Tract of land on Condi- 
tion of Settling the Same on certain Terms therein expressed and 
contained, which Terms & Condition the said Kidder hath failed of 
performing, to the Detriment of the Said Proprietors ; and whereas 
the Said Reuben Kidder hath executed a certain Bond or Instrument 
dated the 29 th day of January 1772 conditioned That there be further 
reserved to each of the Proprietors Rights one hundred and fifty 
Acres of land to be laid out Seperately from the reserved Rights in 
the first grant, by the Surveyor whom they Shall send and Appoint to 
run out and mark the lines of the Township according to the true 
Intent and meaning of the Original Grant, and to lay out sever and 
mark the bounds of each lot of the said hundred and fifty acres 
Seperately as aforesaid, to be done at the Charge and Expence of the 
Said Reuben Kidder his Executors or Administrators who are to pay 
the Same as soon as the work and Service shall be performed &c — 

Upon Conditions of a further reservation of fifteen one hundred and 
fifty acre Lots, to the fifteen Proprietors Rights, of equal Quality with 
the fifteen shares reserved to the s d Proprietors in Said former grant, 
to be surveyed divided and marked, and numbered from one to fifteen ; 
by a surveyor whom Said Proprietors shall appoint to do the Same ; 
with the running and marking out the boundary lines, of the Tract of 
land granted to said Reuben Kidder on the 17 th day of March 1768, 
with y e Reservations to said Proprietors also marked and numbred 
from one to fifteen and a Plan thereof made and returned to Said 
Proprietors within Six months from this date, and the Said Reuben 



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CHARTER RECORDS, 



or his Heirs or Administrators shall pay the whole Expence of the 
Said Survey & Plan as soon as the same shall be performed by the 
Surveyor aforesaid — It is therefore Voted That the Said Reuben 
Kidder have a grant of one year from the Said 29 th day of January to 
perform the Terms and Conditions of said former Grant — and in 
failure thereof, and of the Conditions of this grant, the said Reuben 
Kidder his Heirs and assigns shall forfeit the Said Tract of Land and 
Premises to the said Proprietors the Grantors their Heirs & Assigns, 
who may enter upon the Same as though there had not been any 
grant thereof made to the Said Reuben Kidder his heirs or assigns — 



[Plan of Washington, 1772.] 



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Pursuant to orders to me Directed by the Comittey of the Pro- 
prietors of a Tract of Laud Purchised of John Tuftin Mason Esq r I 
have Surveyed the Town of Camden or mennadnock N° 8 as folows 
Began at a White ash tree and heap of Stons in the Patent Line the 
North West Corner of Limbrick and Run by Said Limbrick Line 
South 80° East Six miles & half to a mapel tree and heap of Stons 
markd H N 1772 & Sundrey other Latters thence Run North 28° 
East Eight miles to a Beach tree markd as aforesaid, then turnd off 
and Run North 80° West 6i miles to the Patent Line and markd a 
Small White ash and yalow Burch then measured on the Patent Line 
and Re Spotted it, Eight miles to the first meantioned White ash tree 
We Began at, measured by Sam Smart and Francis Durgin Sworn 
Chanemen Surveyed the 24 th of June 1772 

attest Hubartus Neal Dep' Surv r 

I have also Layd out one third Part of the town of Camden for the 
Proprietors of masons Properite for their Reservation of Lands in 
three Equal Divisions and in Differant Situations and have Divided 
them into two Equal Shares or Lotts Wall marked and numberd as 
Discribed in the Plan of the Town and have also Layed out fifteen 
one hundred and fifty acres Lotts Wall markd and Numbred from one 
to fifteen 

Apriel 14 1773 to the Gantors this Plan I Return as thair Reser- 
vation Laid out in Cambden as a Plan of Cambden by me 

Reuben Kidder 



[Bad Roads in Stoddard, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 99.] 

To the Honerable Propriators Purchesed under John Tufton Mason 
Esq r we your Humble Potioners Prayes and Desires that your Honers 
would take it under your Concideration the greait Deficulty we the 
inhabitance of Camden, Labour under by Reason of the Roades being 
So bad in the Township of monadnick N° 7 or Limbrick so Kalled that 
it is Allmost imposable for a teem to Pess there and Dangorous for a 
Hors Nothing has Ben Done by sa d N° 7 Propriators on the Roads of 
any Concequence for about Eighteen months Past and as their is a 
Number of families a moving to Camden on said Road as well as all 
our salt and Nails and other Nesaseries of Life from Boston must 
Come that way we Pray that your Honers would take it under your 
Consideration and we make no Doubt But your Honers in your greait 
wisdom will see justis Don which your Humble Potioners shall Ever 
Pray in Duty Bound — 

Camden janauary 19 th 1773 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



John safford 
Moses Chase 
David Taylor 
Archebel white Jon 
Abner samson 
John Steel 
Daniel Sevrans 
David Danforth 
Ephram sevrans J r 



Arche b white 
Robert Pollok 
Jacob Burbank 
Robert Prockter 
Joseph Farnsworh 
Daniel Keyes 
Abraham Estabrook 
Robbert man 
Ephraim Prockter 



James maxwell 
Andrew Boynton 
Abel Marill 
Paul Hale 
Simeon Farnsworth 
Ephram Sevrans 
Josiah Procter 
william white 



\Plan of Reserved Lots, 1773.] 



■-^Bf^'r^^^B 




WASHINGTON. 413 

Pursuant to orders to me directed by the Committee of the Pro- 
prietors of a Tract of Land purchased of John Tufton Mason Es- 
quire, I have Surveyed the Town of Cambden or Monadnock N° 8 — 
as follows, begining at a white ash Tree and heap of Stones on the 
patent line the Northwesterly Corner of Limerick, and run by said 
Limerick line south 80 east 6 miles & half to a Maple & heap of 
Stones Marked H N 1772 and sundry other letters, thence North 
28 Degrees east — 8 miles to a beach tree marked as aforesaid then 
turned & run North eighty west — 6£ Miles to the Patent Line & 
marked a small white Ash & yellow birch then measuring on the 
patent line and Respoted it 8 miles to the first mentioned white 
ash Tree we began at. — 

June 24, 1772 Hubartus Neal Dep 4 Survey 1- 

I have also laid out one third part of the Town of Campdon for the 
Proprietors of Masons Patent for their Resurvation of Lands in three 
Equal Divisions & in Different situations and have divided them into 
two equal shares or Lots well marked & numbred as described in the 
plan of the Town and have also laid out Fifteen one hundred & 
fifty Acre lots, well marked and numbred from one to fifteen — 

The last five Lots of 150 Acres each is laid out on the east bound- 
ary line of the Town & Lays between the second & third Divisions 
of first resurvation Lots and are 130 Rods long North 28 east & 110 
Rods wide north 80 West and are marked on each corner Tree of the 
Lots B R N° XI XII XIII XIIII XV as each Tree is numbered & 
marked in the plan 

The four Lots laid out in Cambells Gore is to make good 
taken out of Cambden by Hilsborough The lot N° 1 in Campbells Gore 
is to make up what is taken out of N° 1 in the second Devision of 
Resurvation Lots in the first Range by Hilsborough & N° 2 in the 
third Devision — and Lot N° 2 in said Gore makes up Lot N° XII in 
the one hundred & fifty Acre Lots taken out by Hilsborough, And 
the Lot N° three in said Gore makes good N° XI in said 150 Acre 
Lots — The Lot N° four in said Gore that is laid out and a Lot of 60 
Acres marked on the plan not yet laid out, will make good for all the 
Land taken out of Lot N° 1 in the 3 d Devision of Resurvation Lots 
in the first Range & Lot N° XIII in the 150 Acre Lots— The Lot N° 
1 in the 3d Devision XIII in the last resurvation & N° 4 and the 60 
Acre in the Gore not yet laid out should be fixed to one Proprietors 
share with one Lot more where you please to fix it to make a whole 
Share 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Reserved Lots, 1773.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, July 21, 1773.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth July 21 st 1773 Wednesday three of 
New Hampsh r ) the Clock afternoon at the Dwelling house of James 
Stoodly Esq r Innholder the Proprietors meet according to adjourn- 
ment — 

Voted that the Lots reserved and laid out in the Tract of land 
granted to Reuben Kidder Esq r called Camden, being reserved for the 
Grantors and delineated on the Plan returned by said Kidder to the 
Grantors that the Same be drawn for to the Rights of each of the 
Proprietors the Grantors, and that the Same be entered as drawn to 
each Right, and so entered, the Same Shall be held in Severance to 
whom drawn, their respective heirs and Assigns for ever — and are 
drawn as follow's 

I drawn To John Wentworth Esq r N° 2 : 2 d Range 3 d division — 
N° 1—1 Range 2 divis 11 N° 6 a 150 Acre Lot 

2— To Blanchard Meserve & c N° 3— 2 d Ran— 3 div : N° 2— 1 st 2 d — 
N° 4 a D° 

3— To Peirce and Moore— N° 4— 1 st Ran— 1 div :— N° 3— 1 st — 2— 
N° 1— a D° 

4— To Thomas Packer Esq r — N° 3— 2 rl Ran— 2 divi. N° 1—1—3— 
N° 13— D° 

5— To Thomas Walingford Esq r — N° 1— 2' 1 Ran— 2 div: N° 3— 
2— 1 st — N° 3-D 

6 To Theodore Atkinson Esq 1- N° 4. 2 d Ran— 3 div : N° 5— 1— 2 d — 
N° 8— D° 

7 To John Moffatt Esq r — N° 5— 2' 1 Ran. 2 a div. N° 4— 1— 3 d — N° 7 
— D° 

8 To Thomlinson & Mason— N° 5— 1 st Ran. 1 st div N° 2— 2 d — 1 st — 
N° 12— D° 

9 To Richard Wibird Esq r — N° 4 — 2 d Ran. 2 div N° 4 1 2 d 

N° 9— D° 

10 To John Rindge N° 2— 2 d Ran. 2 d div N° 3— 1— 3 d — N° 14— D° 

II To Mark Hink g Wentworth Esq r N° 1— 1 st Ran. 1 div: N° 2— 
1— 3— N° 5— D° 

12 To Jotham Odiorne Esq 1 — N° 3—1 Ran. 1 div : N° 4— 2— 1 st — 
N° 2— D° 

13 To Joshua Peirce Esq r — N° 2—1 Ran— 1 div : N° 5— 1— 3 d — 
N° 11— D° 

14 To George Jaffrey Esq 1 ' N° 1—2 Ran. 3 div N° 1— 2— 1— N° 
15 — D° 

15 To Solly & March— N° 5—2 Ran. 3 div. N° 5 2 st — 1 st — N° 10— 
D° 



WASHINGTON. 415 

[John G-offe to Daniel Rogers, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 99.] 

Derryfeild Apriel 29 1774 

Hon ble Sir 

I Told the man of the Tract of Land (viz) the 1000 acrs that I 
Talked of bying for him but he Esteems it but of very Littel value 
and will not Give more than one half the price you asked for it nor 
Does he in Cline to have any thing to Do with it at all, nor I for It is 
Said here its, Desputable weather it is not Granted to Greedley how- 
ever I have Don with it 

Honnored Sirs the Lines of your Sosiety land are so hard to be 
found that the people that have purchesed cannot find the Exact Spot 
there land is on and they Complain one incroches upon an others land 
and som are Liable to loose there labour therfore they pray your 
Hon rs would order the lins to be Run anew so that Every one may 
know their own lines & I am sure it is best for you to have Run 
Speedely for the old lines are So Grown out that they Cant be fol- 
lowed and it is said that a great part of them lines never were Run 

Gent 11 it with Regard to you & your Intrist as well as to Those that 
Complain for fear they should lose there Labour that Lines Come 
from him who the Greatest Regard Subscribes Him Selfe your Hon ls 
most obdent Humbele — 

Sarvant 

John Goffe 

To the Hon ble Danil Rogers 



[Petition for Bridge, 1775.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 100.] 

To The Gentlemen Proprietors of Mason's Grant &C — 
The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Camden the South 
west part of Hillborrough and Society land (So Call'd) — Humbly 
Sheweth — 

That your Honn rs Petitioners Desires ye will be pleas'd for the 
Incouragement of Setleing and Inhabiting the Wilderness where a 
part of your honours Interes lies, That wherein as we your Petitionrs 
do Make an offer of Clearing a Road from Camden through Camels- 
Gore the South west part of Hillborrough and the Society land (So 
called) to the North west Corner of Frances Town, where there is a 



416 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



good Road from thence to Amherst and Likewise a good Road from 
N° four to Camden your honour's Petitioner's thinks it Necessary to 
acquaint your honours of the Dangers and Difficuiltys the are Ex- 
posed too" both Spring and fall on Account of Contacook River for 
w ch reason, we your honour's petitioners hopes ye will take it to a 
Charitible Consideration, and for your honours Interest and for the 
Good of the Publick in General, advance as Much Money as will be 
Sufficient for Building a Bridge on Said River, and by So doing your 
honours Petitioners will as in Duty bound — Ever Pray — 



Maurice Lynch 
John M'Cleary 
Sam 1 moore 
John M c Calley 
John Burns 
William Jones 
David Lowell Junr 
Archeb white 
Peter Lowell 
Josiah Procter 
William white 
Moses Chase 
Nathan Procter 
Abraham Estabrook 
Jeptha Ashley 
William Steel 



John Green 
John Gorden 
Rob t Burns 
John Gibson 
Asa Dresser 
David Scobey 
Abel Merrill 
Timothy Lowell 
Simon Lowell 
John Onail 
James maxwell 
David Danforth 
Robert Pollok 
Joseph Rouncevell 
A reliable White ju r 
Joseph Dickey 
Francis Diomond 



Samuel Jones 
Daniel gibson 
Richard M c allaster 
Moses Steel 
Andrew Bixbe 
Simeon Farnsworth 
Ebene r Spaulding 
Sameul Lowell 
Robert mann 
david lowell Sene 1 
Jacob Burbank 
William Procter 
John s afford 
Paul Hale 
Abner Samson 
Thomas Stuart 



[Endorsed] 1775 22 Feby To lay for further Consideration 



[Deed, John Peirce to William Bell, 1791.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 101.] 

Know all men by these presents that I John Pierce of Portsmouth 
in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hampshire Merchant 
For and in Consideration of the sum of one Hundred and Twenty 
pounds Lawful Money of said State to me in hand paid by William 
Bell of Dearing heretofore of Goffestown in the County of Hillsbor- 
ough Husbandman the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge 
have given granted bargained Sold & Released and by" these presents 
do give grant bargain Sell aliene Release Convey and Confirm to him 



WASHINGTON. 417 

the said William Bell his heirs and assigns all the Right title Interest 
Claim and Demand that I have in and to A Certain Lot of Land in 
Washington in the County of Cheshire and State aforesaid being Lot 
N° five in the first Range and third Division Containing three Hun- 
dred and Sixty Acres more or Less Part of the Original Right of 
Joshua Pierce Esq 1 ' Deceased and lays in the South easterly Corner 
of the Town, adjoining Campbells Gore To Have and to Hold the 
said granted Premises with the appurtenances thereof to him the said 
William Bell his heirs and assigns to his and their proper use Benefit 
and Behoof Forever I hereby engaging to warrant and Defend the 
said granted Premises against all Claims and Demands of any Person 
or Persons Claiming by from or under me and the said Original Pro- 
prietor and I Mary wife of the said John for the Consideration afore- 
said do hereby give and grant all my Right and Power of thirds in the 
Premises In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal 
this 24 th Day of Oct r Anno Domini 1791 

Signed sealed and ) John Pierce [Seal] 

Delivered in Pres- > Mary Pierce [Seal] 

ence of us — ) 

Tobias Walker 

George Gains 

Rockingham ss Portsmouth the 24 th Day of Oct r 1791 then the 
above named John & Mary Pierce Personally appearing acknowledged 
the above Written Instrument to be his Voluntary act and Deed 
Before me 

George Gains Justice Peace 

Rec d June 13 th 1796 Recorded & Examined 

^ Benj a Bellows Recdr 
A True Copy of Record Examined 

f Benf Bellows Rdr 



[Plan of First Division, Reserved Lots, 1813.] 

Fishersfield July 15th 1813 
M r Peirce Sir, Agreeable to your Request I have been to Washing- 
ton and have had that Land surveyed which you wished to have me 
do, and therefore I Return you the Plan with my doings there on this 
from yours to Serve, 

Samuel Gunnison 
Mem all the Red Ink done by John Peirce 
27 



418 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Ap. 8, 1820 M r Fishers 5 acres in N° 1, 1, 1 sold Joshua Fletcher 
for |20 

June 4, 1821 Sold one Joshua Peirce lot to S & H Davis Vide Fo. 
227 Note Book 

J Fisher Bill for Survaying Eight Days the land pland below 



Lying in Washington Sixteen dollars 
July 8 th 1813 



$16—00 




-<$&*% acre, 

^n -s- 100 

c72°-3 //3 

71 s -* 77 

7l°-l 8*/ 



st 7l?-l in v* north 
s /Londi- contains 
ah ^ acres too 

yiondm 2 called. 

— -dshawrflit 



n fund /IS ca la 2acon 



WASHINGTON. 



419 



a Plan of J Peirce Esqs Land Laying in the north part of Wash- 
ingto[n] Laid down by a Scale of two Hundred rods to an Inch July 
8 th 1813 

by John Fisher 



\_Mi71utes.~] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 102.] 

A Man Down with M r Swett choses N° 1, & N° 6 in Washington 
no promise only to let M r Swett know Feb y 15, 1811 — Solomon An- 
drews is the above — 

M r John P. Chapman applies to purchase part of M r Rindges Lot 
in Washington N° 3, 1 st Range 3 d divis— & prefers Lot N° 1 '& his 
brother wants N° 3, or 6 — Aug 20, 1811 came down this day 2 d Jour- 
ney on purpose promised him the refusal 

Ebenez Spauiding of Washington wants N° 6 applies by Letter 

Feb. 16 1815 

John Lewis of Washington wants Lot N° 6 & N° 7 applies this 14 
Feb. 1816 



[Letter, Johnston to Peirce, 1817.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 103.] 

Hillsborough 3 rd Novr 1817 
M W Pierce Esquire Sir 

The barrer hereof is M r John Lewis, will apply for the Lot of Land 
which I agreed with you for the last time I was in Portsmouth if he 
concluded to give the five dollars p r Acre, I have made enquirey and 
find that M r John P Chapman of Washington is Bead and allso M r 
Sweet of Windsor ; M r Lewis is a man of good property for a Farmer, 
and I have no doubt, but what he will fulfill any contract he may make 
with you at the time he agrees — your Buisness at Bradford I believe 
I shall compremise, I have not been at Washington but will not fail 
to attend to it 

Your very humble ser fc 

N. Johnston. 



420 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\_Bond of Peirce and Rogers, 1817.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 102.] 

Portsmouth November 8 th 1817. Received of M r John Lewis of 
Hillsborough Two Hundred Dollars on Account of and in part of the 
purchase money of Lot N° 3, in the first Range & Third Division in 
Washington containing Three Hundred & Sixty Acres More or less 
which we have this day agreed to Sell him for the Sum of Nineteen 
Hundred Dollars of which the aforesaid Two Hundred are a part, & 
if said Lewis shall any time in the month of February next pay us a 
further Sum of Two Hundred Dollars & give us his notes signed by 
himself & Aaron Barnes for Fifteen Hundred Dollars more payable 
(with Interest from this date, to be paid annually) Two Hundred 
Dollars a year until the whole Shall be paid Then we agree to give a 
good & Sufficient deed of the Lot aforesaid — & To the performance 
of this agreement We bind ourselves our heirs & assigns — M r Lewis 
is also to give a mortgage As Security of his & M r Barnes Notes 

Signed M W Peirce 
D. R. Rogers 

N B. I have further agreed with M r Lewis if he will pay the 
whole Sum in Cash when he takes the deed in February to abate him 
One Hundred Dollars 

M W Peirce 



[Minutes, 1817-21.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 104.] 

Sep. 24, 1817 I agreed for ourselves & heirs of M rs Rogers to Sell 
the whole of this Great Lot to John Lewis at $5 p Acre $400 down 
—provided however M r Sweet & John P. Chapman who had 1 st Offer 
did not wish it on those terms— This oifer made to N Johnston of 
Hillsboro, who is to give the Answer as soon as may be at farthest in 
Nov next— M r Johnston offered $4 ^ Acre sopposing Lot to Contain 
360 Acres 

_ We have this day Sold the Remainder of Lot N° 2— 1 st R & 1 st 
divis to Samuel & Hezekiah Davis of Washington 161 acres for $410— 
papers sent by Gunnison There is to be p d down 50 

Notes 360 



410 
4 th June 1821 M W P 



[Plan of Two Lots, 1840.] 



wjs-t'ws 







Jitund ancient Sjulted. ITTlarkid or 



he.re.cL Bea^h tree 



A plan of two Lots of Land lying in the Southwesterly Corner of Washington No. 4, & 5, Dn 
t7, 1840. 



laid down from a Scale of 25 rods to an inch- 



by Moses D Wadly i Surveyer 
M.DWadly ^Sury 



Plan of two Lots of Land in Washington laid out for Acres 360 each in the first division viz Num 
: in the 1 9t Range drawn to the right of Thomhnson & Mason and Number Four in the i 8t Rai 
vn to the right of Pierce & Moore 

Sep r 15, 1840 



WE ARE. 



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WEARE. 

[This town was granted by Massachusetts, June 19, 1735, to Robert Hale, 
petitioning for Capt. John Raymond's men, and was called Beverly-Canada, and 
Halfs-town. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, Sept. 20, 1749, to Ichabod 
Robie and others and called at times Robie "s-town and Wearers-town. Incorporated 
as Weare, Sept. 21, 1764, and named in honor of Meshech Weare. The line 
between Weare and Dunbarton was established July 2, 1853. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 791 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 637; Index to Laws, 
571 ; historical sketch, by William Little, Hurd 1 s History of Hillsborough County, 
1885, p. 678; History, 1735 t0 1888, by town committee, 1888, pp. 1064; 
Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., 
by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 10, 21 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 244; 
sketch, 12, Farmer's Monthly Visitor, 150; Along the Piscataquog, A Sketch of 
Weare, by Ida G. Adams, 19, Granite Monthly, 329.] 



{Petition for Grant, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 105.] 



Jacob Stanyan 
Cap* Sam 11 Prescut 
Benj Swett 
Elisha Prescut 
Abner Philbrick 
Jon a Hilyard 
Abner Sanburn 
Jacob Brown 
Relph Butler 
Walter willim 
Timothy Blake Juner 
John Gove Juner 
Tho s Boyd 



Cap* Jethro Tilton 
Deacon Josi Bachelder 
Ens n Rich d Nason 
Eben r Prescut 
Enoch Sanburn 
Nathan Tilton 
Sam 11 Shaw- 
Reuben Sanburn 
John Loverin 
Leu* Edmond Brown 
Jon a Green Juner 
Pain Row 
Jon a Steward 
Enoch Barker 



Edward Gove 
Leu 1 Joseph Bachelder 
Benj Hilyard 
Sam 11 Prescut Juner 
Jeremiah Pearson 
Theop 11 Bachelder 
M r Meshech Weare 
Jon a Gove 
Bradbury Green 
Jeremiah Bennet 
Simon Fogg 
Widow Judith Quinbie 
John Clifford 



Hampton Falls Octob r 20 th 1748 

The foregoing is a List of Persons belonging to Hampton falls who 
request of the Gentlemen who purchased M r Masons Claim a tract of 
Land Sutable for a Township And we the Subscribers as a Com tee on 
their behalf Request to have the Same Upon Amuskiege falls or As 
Near thereto as we may find a Convenient Place that is not already 
Disposed of 

Sam 11 Prescut 
Benj a Hilyard 



Com tee 



422 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Another Petition for Grant, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 106.] 

To the Gentlemen Proprietors of M r Masons Right 
We the Subscribers belonging to Hampton falls being Inform'd 
That you are Granting of Tracts of Land Sutable for Townships And 
we having (The most of us) Already Requested of you by a Committee 
which we Sent for that Purpose A Tract of Land Sutable for a Town- 
ship As near to Amuskiege as we Could : And Understanding that 
there are two Townships now run out by m r Goffe and others — We 
now Request that we may have a Tract Sutable for a Township to 
begin at the upper or Northwesterly Corner of the Nothermost of those 
Two which are now run out and to Run Downward or Southerly upon 
their line Six miles And then to go back to make a tract of Six miles 
Square 

Hampton Falls Nov 1 " 4 th 1748 



Jacob Stanyan 
Edward Gove 
Jacob Brown 
Tho s Brown 
Rich d Nason 
Eben r Prescut 
Sam 11 Shaw 
Tho s Boyd 
Mashech weare 
Timathy Blake Juner 
Abner Philbrick 
Walter Willims 
Jon a Gove 
Pain Row 
John Swain 
John Clifford 



Jethro Tilton 
Enoch Sanborn 
Ichabod Robie 
Josiah Bach elder 
Nathan Tilton 
Sam 1J Prescut Juner 
Benf Hilyard 
John Gove Juner 
Jeremiah Pearson 
Jon a Green Juner 
John Loverin 
Jacob Brown 
Reuben Sanborn 
Ralph Butler 
Enoch Gove 
Simon fogg 



Sam 11 Prescut 
Abner Sanborn 
Tho s Cram 
Joseph Bachelder 
Elisha Prescut 
The° Bachelder 
Jon a Hilyard 
Benj Swett 
Jeremiah Bennet 
Enoch Barker 
Bradbury Green 
Edmond Brown 
Judith Quinbie widow 
Jon a Stuert 
Henry Robie 



Portsm Dec r 21 st 
Middleton y e Eldest 



of 



1748 at a meeting agreed that Tim Fuller 
Son of Coll Prescot decas d of Groton & w m 

Prescot his Brother Benf Bancroft of Groton & John Gage Esqu r be 

grantees in Hales Town so call'd — 

G J— 

Mem Meshech Wear Esq bro* in & filed a Plan taken at his and 
associates request Surveyd by Joseph Baker Surveyer— we finde the 
Vote formerly past was Sufficient & therefore have nothing to ad 
unless We Should think Proper to Accomodate Co 11 Hale & in that 



WEARE. 423 

Case to Enlarge the Town So that the Grantees Shears Should not be 
Lessened — Jan ry 11 1748/ at a meeting this Mem read & agreed to — 

G J jr 



[Letter from Ebenezer Flagg, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 107.] 

Chester No br 9 1748 
S r Co 11 Blanchard call'd upon me As he re timid from Portsmouth 
And by his Advice, I take it upon me to write A few lines I Need 
not tell you that Country Ministers Are generally pretty poor, And 
their Small Saleries forbid them ever thinking to lay up Anything for 
their Children that way ; this is So obvious — Therefore I took this 
Scheme that my Children After me might Not be Beggers or Idle, 
but to get An honest living with the Sweat of their faces, Obtained 
five Rights in Hales Town the Duty of which Rights I proposed to per- 
form According to y e Gen 1 Courts Act. But now I find that the pro- 
perty belongs to Yoursf & Some other Gentlemen (a good Providence 
this) for As y e Co 11 tells me you Are disposed to continue Such in 
their Rights which they purchased Upon honourable Terms : I have 
Already Expended considerable Money & have a Sawmill fit for 
Business, A house not quite fit to live in And have cleard About Eight 
or ten Acres of land And to loose all this must be hurtful to me & 
my children Therefore I Intreat your favour that I might yet hold 
those Rights, complying with your Terms of Settlement which I Am 
Read} 7 to do: And that you would Use Your Interest In my behalf 
with y e honourable Genl m Your Associates. You'l greatly oblige your 
humble Servant 

Ebenezer Flagg 

P. S. I wrote a few lines to Co 11 Atkinson relating to y e Same 
Affair — And if you Could find A leasure Space And would write two 
or three words I Shall take it As A futher favour 

E F— 



[Ebenezer Flagg to Theodore Atkinson, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 108.] 

Chester Nob r 9, 1748 
Hon d S r Understanding by Co 11 Blanchard Upon his return from 
Portsmouth that Masons Claim was fallen into Your hands with Some 



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CHARTER RECORDS, 



other Gentlemen. And many of the Massachusetts Grants lying 
within that Claim, Yet You Are not disposed to hurt Any one y* had 
Expended Money or Labour in bringing forward the Settelment of 
those grants : Now S r By y e Co lls Advice 1 would Enform your Hon r 
that I have five Rights in my hands belonging to the Township call'd 
Hales Town upon which I have Expended considerable I have A 
Sawmill built Raised one Dwelling house and Cleard considerable 
land, which Expence would hurt my Interest much to loose : There- 
fore I Stand ready to fulfill Such obligations of Settlement As You in 
your Wisdom think fit & Suitable for y e Speedy Settlement thereof — 
Therefore I Crave your goodness that 1 might not be a looser by being 
a promoter of Setling wilderness land, from Some conversation with 
y e Co 11 w m I have named Above I have reason to think that he would 
Undertake to Manage y e Settlement of Halestown if he Should Receive 
a few lines of Order from y e Company which would be very convenien 
he being So near & pefectly knowing in y e Affair 
S r I Am Yo r humble Servant 

Ebenezer Flagg 



[Petition of Rumford Men, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 109.] 

Rumford December the 1 1748 
To the Purchasers & Propriotors of Cap 1 Jn° Tufton Masson Right 
in Lands in Said Province — 

Whereas the Persons Named on the others Side have Improvd 
Lands in a Township Called Heals Town Lying North of New 
Boston in whose behalf I Request the fever of the Proprietors when 
that tract of Land is granted by you that you would Suffer the 
within Nams to be granted in Manner and upon Such Terms as you 
Shall Se Meet 

Jeremiha Clough Jeremiha Clough Juner Thomas Clough 

Thomas Clough Juner John Moor Juner Jeremiha Eastman Juner 
Judah Trumbel Simon Trumbel Moses Eastman 

James Shepeard Solomon Anis Nathan Stevens 

Phinis Vergin Henery Lovgov Jonathan Merrill 

Ephram Fernem Juner Lot Colby Ruben Correr 

Thomas Merrill Daniel Chase Jn r Jonathan Chase 

Richard Hasseltin moses merrill Joseph Hull 

Abner Chapleman George Hull Timothv Walker Jun r 

William Walker Timothy walker y e 4 Samuell walker 



WEARE. 425 

James Peters John Dow John Merrill Jun r 

Banjaman Stanly Jacob Shut John West 

Ebenezer Colbe moses fostor Humphrey Keyes 

Zebediar Farnam 



[Petition of the Walkers, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 110.] 

Prov e of New ) To The Hon the Purchasers & Proprietors of 
Hampshire j Mason's Right in y e Province aforesaid 
We the Subscribers understanding that you are about to grant Part 
or all of y e Land which you purchased of Cap fc John Tufton Mason to 
y e Subjects of this Prov e & beg Leave to inform you that we were 
Proprietors in Hales Town (so called) as it was granted by y e Prov 8 
of y e Massach s Bay & have been at considerable Trouble & Cost in 
Setling & improving Said Town as clearing Land building a Saw mill 
&c And therefore Pray that when you grant Said Tract of Land you 
would take our Case under Consideration & make Sure to us our 
Possessions & Improvements & give us such other Additions & En- 
couragements as you shall see meet 

We would also farther inform you (altho' not impowered by them 
to solicit your Favour) that y e following Persons have also made 
improvements in S d Town Viz* Joseph Wood Jona th Morgan Rev d M 1 
Eb r Flagg Timothy Walker jun r Menassey Trask Retire Trask Will 111 
Leach Rev d M r John Chipman Tho s Porter Geo Hull Joseph Hull 
Wid w Chapman & two Sons Nath 1 Moulton Benj Reymont Hugh 
Montgumery Benj 11 Corning Will" 1 Walker Coll Hale Gershom Keys 
Humpher}' Keys your favourable Consideration of y e Premises will 
very much oblige Y r 

Hub Servants 

Timothy Walker Juner 
William Walker 



\_G-eorge Jaffrey to Joseph Blanehard, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 111.] 

Portsm° Decern 1 22 d 1748— 
Joseph Blanehard Esq r 

Sir — Yours of the 19 th ^ M r Prescott came to me, by him which 
I communicated to the proprietors last evening, at a Meeting, in con- 



426 CHARTER RECORDS. 

sequence of your recommendation, the Prop rs would have accomodated 
M 1 Prescott, & Bancroft in Stark's & C° Grant, but that was finish'd 
Satterday last, and as the Prop rs were about to dispose of Hales Town, 
they have agreed that M r Prescott & his Bro r W In & Cap 1 Bancroft, 
have each of them a Share in said Town, when granted, and if you take 
M r Prescutt into your District, as others it would be approv'd off 
You'l see in the Grant to Stark & c° that Eben r Parkhurst is pro- 
vided for, in consequence of his application to the proprietors shewing 
he had purchas'd of Zach s Lovell & c which was esteem'd sufficient, to 
answer what M r Lovell requests, tho Too late to be consider'd in 
Stark's Grant, if otherwise the multiplicity of Business prevented a 
particular attention to what you mention of Cap* Baldwin of Sudbury, 
& as the place, the subject of his applica 11 not being under considera- 
tion, nothing was transacted, but without any Doubt he will be con- 
sider'd upon his Address The place you hint at, of being granted 
into a Township, I apprehend is not at present tho't of, by any Prop 1 " 
to be disposed off, & has a particular mark upon y e Plan — The prop rs 
are desirous of seeing you in whose behalf this is from 

Your Humb 1 Serv fc 



Copy of Letter to Coll Blanchard 



G Jaffrey j 1 



[Bequest of Ebenezer Flagg, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 112.] 

Port 8 Aug* 10, 1749. 
To the Honb le Theod r Akinson Esq r and Others Purchasers of 
Masons Right : According to Conversation y e last Evening I would, 
Motion That if M r Wear And his Associates Upon due consideration 
refuse to Relinquish Hales Township That The Blank Names might 
be left Blank till we have Oportunity to consult Among Ourselves 
which in As Short Time As may be you Shall hear further: That 
The Farm of Three Hundred Acres belonging to M r Humphrey 
Keyes lying Upon New Boston line might not be disposed of till fur- 
ther Application be made 

Yo rs 

Eben r Flagg 



WEARE. 427 

[Petition of Hugh Montgomery, .] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 126.] 

To the Honourable the Gentlemen Purchasers of Cap* John Tufton 
Mason's Right of the waste lands within the Province of New 
Hampshire 

The Humble Suplication of Hugh Montgomery of Londonderry 
within the Province of New Hampshire Humbly Shew. 

That your Suplicant Purchas'd a Propriety Right or share of lands 
in the township Called Hale'stown about ten years aggo, and paid 
ffourty Pounds for the Same, and paid an Equall Proportion of the 
Severall Charges that become due upon S d Right by Building a meet- 
inghouse Building Bridges & Clearing of high ways & c and about five 
or Six years aggo put one William Walker upon my home lott in S d 
town and Built one half of a Saw mill and Contin'd there till drove 
off by the war &c — 

and in as much as I understand that your Hours are about Grant- 
ing the Said Township to Some Gentlemen of Both Provincess (viz) 
this & the neighbouring Province wo'd Humbly Request & Desire 
that I may be admitted as associate with them that so I may hold my 
Right in said town & not loose my money Intirely — and your Supli- 
cant as in duty Bound Shall Ever Pray &c 

Hugh mountgumroy 



[Charter of Weare, 1749.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Sept. 20, 1749.] 

Voted that there be and hereby is Granted unto Ichabod Robie 
Esq r Henry Robie Cap* Samuel Prescutt Josiah Batcheldor Meshech 
Wear Esq 1 ' Joseph Prescutt Jonathan Green Jun r Joseph Batcheldor 
Benjamin Hilliard Jacob Stanyan Jeremiah Pearson John Clifford 
Jonathan Swain Jonathan Gove John Gove Jun r John Brown Cap* 
Thomas Cram Enoch Barker Cap fc Jethro Tilton Henry Thresher 
Reuben Sanborn Enoch Sanborn Ebenezer Sanborn Abner Sanborn 
Abner Sanborn jun r Enoch Gove Bradbury Green Walter Williams 
Thomas Boyd David Tilton Daniel Robie Jacob Brown Judith Quin- 
by Widow Nathan Brown Richard Nason Abner Philbrick Jonath 11 
Hillyard Jonathan Steward Samuel Prescutt jun r Pain Rowe Caleb 
Bennet Samuel Robie Elisha Batcheldor John Loverin Caleb San- 
born Edward Gove Ebenezer Prescutt Elisha Prescutt Nathan Tilton 



428 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Theophilas Batcheldor Benjamin Swett Jeremiah Bennett Timothy 
Blake jun r Simon Fogg Thomas Brown John Green Hezekiah Jen- 
ness Jonathan Fifield Samuel Lane John Robie Timothy Fuller 
James Prescutt William Prescntt Benjamin Bancroft John Gage Esq r 
James Lindall Ebenezer Flagg Joseph Messerve Joseph Jackson Peter 
Shores Richard Evans William Walker Col Hale Joseph Hull 
George Hull Reuben Sanborn jun r Nathan Green Benjamin Lynde 
Esq r the Rev d John Chipman and Timothy Walker In Equal Shares 
On the Terms Conditions and Limitations herein after Expressed all 
that Tract of Land within the Province of New Hampshire Contain- 
ing the Extent and Quantity of Six Miles Square Bounded as follows 
(Viz*) Beginning at the North Westerly Corner of a Tract of Land 
lately Granted by said Proprietors to Archibald Stark and others 
thence Running South Eighty five Degrees West Six Miles thence 
South two Degrees East Six Miles thence North Eighty five Degrees 
East Six Miles thence North five Degrees West to the Corner first 
mentioned so as to make up the said Quantity of Six Miles Square 
and no more — 

To have and to hold to them their Heirs and Assigns in Equal 
Shares on the following Terms Conditions and Limitations That is to 
Say That the whole Tract of Land within the said Boundaries (Sav- 
ing what is herein after mentioned to be otherwise Improved) Be 
divided into One hundred Rights or Shares and each Share into two 
Distinct Lots One of which is to Contain One hundred Acres and the 
other all the rest of the Land belonging to each Respective Share 
That the two Lots which belong to one Share be Numbred with the 
same Number beginning with one and Ending with One hundred. 
That the said Land be so Laid Out within One year from the Granting 
thereof and then the Lots Drawn in the usual manner of Drawing for 
Lots of Land in such Cases, And that this be done under the care 
and Direction of the Grantors and that there be but One Draft for 
the two Lots belonging to each Share That One of the said Shares be 
for the first Minister of the Gospel who shall be Settled on the said 
Land and Continue there during his Life or until he shall be Regu- 
larly Dismiss'd to hold to him his Heirs and Assigns. And one other 
of the said Shares be for and towards the Support of the Gospel Min- 
istry there forever. And the hundred Acre Lots belonging to these 
two Shares shall be laid out as near the Place where the Meeting 
house shall be built as may be Conveniently and not drawn as the 
other Lots. That there be Six Acres of Land left in some Conven- 
ient place within said Boundaries for Building a Meeting house and 
School house upon, and to Improve for a Training field a Burying 
place and any other Public use the Inhabitants there shall see cause 



WEARE. 429 

to make of the same. That one other of said Shares be for the use 
and Support of a School there forever. That Seventeen of the said 
Shares be and hereby are Reserved to the use of the said Proprietors 
the Grantors in these Presents their Heirs and Assigns. That the 
owners of the other Eighty Shares make a Regular Settlement there 
at their own Charge and Expence in the following manner (Viz*) 
That thirty family's be Settled upon said Tract of Land Each having 
an house Equal to Sixteen foot Square or more and three Acres of 
Land Cleared and fitted for Mowing or Tillage upon their Respective 
Lots within four years from the Granting hereof and ten Families 
more So Settled within two years from the same time. That a Meet- 
ing house for the Publick Worship of God be built within Six years 
and the Constant preaching of the Gospel Maintained there next 
after twelve years from the Granting of the said Land — 

That there be twenty Acres of Land left in some Suitable place 
within said Boundaries for a privilege and Accommodation of a Saw 
Mill which shall be to and for him or them his or their Heirs or 
Assigns who will build such Mill within two years from the time 
aforesaid with the Privilege of the most Convenient Stream and 
place for that purpose And in Consideration thereof for the Benifit of 
the said Inhabitants the Owner or Owners of Such Mill shall saw the 
Logs and Timber of the other Inhabitants aforesaid or Settlers there 
to the halves for the term of ten years next after the said Mill shall 
first work if Desired so to do and if no particular person or persons of 
the said Owners of said Shares or Such other As the Major part of 
them shall Admit will undertake to Build such Mill on the said 
Terms then the said Owners shall do the same at their Common 
Expence and put the said Mill under such a Regulation as that they 
and others Inhabiting there may be Served with Boards and other 
Sawed Stuff on just and Reasonable Terms for Carrying an End the 
said Settlement — 

That each Owner of the said Eighty Shares pay to Such person or 
persons as the Major part of them shall Determine and Chuse for 
that purpose all such Sum and Sums of money as the said Major 
part shall Determine to be necessary from time to time to Defray the 
Charges of laying out the said Lots and other matters and things 
herein Directed to be done & necessary to be at their Common 
Expence for making said Settlement That in laying out the said Lots 
Care be taken to Sort them in such a manner as to make the Shares 
as equal as possible That the Lots be laid in Ranges where the Land 
will Admit of it and Land left between the Ranges for Highways of 
four Rods Wide and between the Lots of two Rods Wide. That a 
plan of the whole when so laid out be made at the Charge of the said 



43o 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Owners and Return'dto the Grantors as soon as maybe Conveniently 
done. That the Remaining Seventeen Shares Reserved as aforesaid 
be Exonerated Acquitted and fully Exempted from paying any Charge 
towards making the said Settlement and not held to the Conditions of 
the Eighty Shares aforesaid or Liable to any Tax or Assessment until 
Improved by the Respective Owners thereof 

That all white pine Trees fit for Masting the Royal Navy be and 
hereby are Reserved and Granted to his Majesty his Heirs and Suc- 
cessors forever for that purpose — 

That in Case the Grantees shall fail Neglect and Omit to Settle 
Forty families upon the said Tract of Land in manner aforesaid and 
within the term aforesaid and to do and perform The Several matters 
and things herein before mentioned by them to be done the said 
Grantees shall forfeit their Right to any and every Part of the said 
Granted premises and the said Grantors may Lawfully Enter into 
and upon the same or any part thereof in the name of the whole or 
any person or persons for them and in their Name Stead and behalf 
and be thereof Seized again as tho' this Grant had not been made 
provided Nevertheless that those particular persons of the said Gran- 
tees who shall have performed his or their part according to the true 
Intent and meaning of these presents as above shall have hold and 
Enjoy to him his Heirs and Assigns his or their particular Shares 
aforesaid. And in Case the said Owners of the Eighty Shares shall 
within the term aforesaid make Finish & Compleat the Settlement of 
Forty Families as aforesaid and shall do & perform all the Several 
Articles matters and things by them to be done as aforesaid Every 
particular person of the said Owners who shall be Delinquent and 
neglect to do and perform his Respective Share part and proportion 
of the Duty business matters and things aforesaid by him to be done 
according to the true Intent and meaning of these presents Such 
Delinquent Owner shall forfeit his Share and Right to the said Tract 
of Land any and every part thereof to Such of the said Owners who 
shall have done and perform 'd as aforesaid and they may have hold 
and Enjoy the same to them their heirs and Assigns "and Are hereby 
Entitled to the Grantors Right thereto and may Enter into and upon 
the same and take full Seizin thereof to their own use as fully and 
Amply as the Grantors themselves might lawfully do as aforesaid. 
Provided always that in Case of an Indian War within any of the 
Terms of Years above Limited for the doing any of the matters and 
things aforesaid by the said Owners to be done the same Number of 
Years Respectively shall be Allowed after that Impediment shall be 
Removed — 

And in Case any Action or Suit shall be brot against the said 



WEARE. 



431 



Grantees for the said Tract of Land or any part thereof the said 
Grantees are hereby Obliged to Vouch the said Grantors or §uch of 
the said Grantees as shall be so Sued shall so do and the said Gran- 
tors hereby promise and Ingage they their Heirs Executors Adminis- 
trators or Assigns shall and will at their Own Cost and Expence 
Defend One Action or Suit upon One Title and Pursue the same to 
final Judgment through the whole Course of the Law (if there shall 
be Occasion) And in Case the final Judgment in such Trial shall be 
against the said Grantors, the Grantees shall Recover nothing over in 
Satisfaction of and from the said Grantors their Executors or Admin- 
strators or anv of them — 



[Draft of Lots in Weare.~\ 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 231, and Vol. 7, p. 65.] 

The Draft of the Lots of Town granted to Ichabod Roby Esq r & 
others 



N° of the Lots 


N° of the Lots 


Josiah Bachelder . . . 15 


L 4 Joseph Bachelder . . 34 


John Brown 






4i 


Enoch Barker 




26 


Thomas Boyd 






14 


Jacob Brown 






43 


Nathan Brown 






47 


Caleb Bennet 






87 


Elisha Bachelder 






45 


Theophilus Bacheldei 






82 


Jeremiah Bennet 






24 


Timothy Blake Jun r 






70 


Thomas Brown 






6 


Benj a Bancroft 






59 


John Clifford 






33 


Cap 1 Thomas Cram 






84 


Rev d John Chipman 






69 


Richard Evans 






37 


Simon Fogg 






97 


Jon a Fifield 






39 


Timothy Fuller 






81 


Ebenezer Flagg 






11 


Jonathan Green Jun r 






5° 


Jonathan Gove 






5 


John Gove jun r 






42 


Enoch Gove 






2 


Bradbury Green 






22 


Edward Gove 






95 


John Green 






55 


John Gage Esq r 






35 


Nathan Green 






62 


Benj a Hilyard 






12 


Jonathan Hilyard 






100 


Col Hale 






20 


Joseph Hull 






28 


George Hull 






27 


Hezekiah Jenness 






5 2 


Joseph Jackson 






4 


John Loverin 






93 


Samuel Lane 






88 


James Lyndall Esq r 






56 


Benj a Lynde Esq r 






77 


Joseph Meserve 






. 83 


Richard Nason 






58 


Cap* Sam 1 Prescutt 






75 


Joseph Prescutt 






89 


Jeremiah Pearson 






7 


Abner Philbrick 






36 


Samuel Prescutt Jun r 




60 


Ebenezer Prescutt 






73 


Elisha Prescutt 






9 


James Prescutt 






17 



432 



CHARTER RECORDS, 





N° of the Lots 


N° of the Lots 


William Prescutt 


. . 98 


Judith Quinby 


99 


Ichabod Robie Esq r 


49 


Henry Robie 


3i 


Daniel Robie 


44 


Samuel Robie 


74 


John Robie 


19 


Pain Row 


■ 38 


Jacob Stanyan 


25 


Jonathan Swain 


10 


Reuben Sanborn 


68 


Enoch Sanborn 


29 


Ebenezer Sanborn 


40 


Abner Sanborn 


18 


Abner Sanborn jun r 


94 


Jonathan Steward 


48 


Caleb Sanborn 


32 


Benj a Swett 


3° 


Peter Shores 


. 67 


Reuben Sandborn jun r 


72 


Henry Thresher 


79 


David Tilton 


86 


Cap 1 Jethro Tilton 


. 63 


Meshech Weare Esq r 


9i 


Nathan Tilton 


76 


Walter Williams 


80 


William Walker 


7 3 


Timothy Walker 


21 


Theodore Atkinson E 


sqr . . 85 


Jn° Thomlinson & John / 
Tufton Mason \ 


96 


Law Lot N° i 


23 


Jotham Odiorne Esq 1 


57 


Joshua Peirce Esq 1 " 


64 


Thomas Packer Esq r 


. 65 


Sami Solly & CI* March Esq 1 " 8 . 


90 


Nath 1 Meserve Joseph 


) 


Richard Wibird Esq r 


92 


Blanchard, Joseph 


£ . . 61 


Thomas Wallingford Esq r . 


5i 


Green & Paul March 


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Mark He Wentworth 


13 


Moore & D 1 Pe 


irce . . 53 


George Jaffrey 


7i 


Mark Hs Wentworth 


46 


John MofFatt Esq r . 


3 


Jno Wentworth jun r E 


sq r . . 66 







Province of \ Portsm Voted That this Draft of the Lots of Land 
New Hamp r j in the Tract of Land Granted to Ichabod Robie Esq r 
Henry Robie & others, be & hereby is ratified & confirmed & that 
each Lot be held to the Respective Person to whose Name it is affixed, 
& to his Heirs & Assigns in Severalty on the Terms first Granted 
& that the Division as made by the Grantees, & numbered in the 

Plan thereof by them returned, be confirmed 

Geo.: Jaffrey Prop rs Cle r 
Draft of the Lotts in the Town of 



a true Copy 
Weare — 



the Record of the 



attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Ebenezer Flagg to Theodore Atkinson, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 113.] 

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lay in Hales Town of Three Hundred Acres Upon which M r Hum- 
phrey Keyes (A Brother of my Wives') Lived for four or five Years 
before the War: and That drove him off: and when I was with You 
I could Ask nothing but that it might not be given to Any Body 
Else till I had Seen him: who lives at Charlston : I have been to 
Boston Several times Since Yet I never could See him he being at 
Sea till about Three weeks Since: And now in his name And my 
own I Ask the favour of Yoursf And Society that You would give 
Your Right to Us Equally the one half being mine : So that as we 
have Improved it before the war And Since till Now: having Your 
right We may peaceably possess & Enjoy it hereafter. S r I Must 
Intreat You would lay it before Your Society (As I well remember) : 
And I hope You have not forgot that You Encouraged me in it when 
I was with You in that You advised me to proceed in Improvement : 
So I relie upon Your goodness & company to Serve You 1 ' humble And 

Obedient Ser* 

Ebene r Flagg 
PS S r If there be any Occasion of my being present I will 
Endeavour to wait upon You At Any of Your Meetings if You will 
be So kind as to Enform me when 

Yo rs to Serve 

E: F: 



[Petition of Clements and McHard, 1757.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 114.] 

To the Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq & others Purchasers & Pro- 
prietors of Masons Right in the Province of New Hampshire 

Gent n We the Subscribers beg Leave to represent to you that 
there is a Small Gore of Land Lying Westward of & bounding upon 
Starks Town (so Called) & Between Hales Town & N° 5 & N° 6 
which we are Desirous of Setling & Improving if we Can obtain it of 
you by Grant or Purchase or on such Terms as shall be Thought 
reasonable & if you'l please to Take our Proposals under Consider- 
ations at your Next meeting & give us Notice when & where we Shall 
Treat with you further upon the Matter we Shall Esteem it Favour 
Done 

Your Humb le Sev ts 

Timothy Clements 
James M c Hard 
[Endorsed] Rec d June 1 st 1757 — — 
28 



434 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Committee to Caleb Page, 1758.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 115.] 

Portsm July 29 th 1758 
Cap* Caleb Page 

The Proprietors of Masons Right in this Province having ap- 
pointed us to dispose of a Tract of land which is Situate Southerly on 
the northerly line of Hale's Town extending y e whole length of said 
line and making an Angle on y e Southerly line of N° 6 at y e north west 
Corner of Hales Town, and from Said Angle running eastwardly partly 
on the southrly line of N° 6 and continues on y e Southerly line of N° 5 
or new Hopkington till it corae's to y e north west Corner of Stark's Town 
and then Southerly to y e north east Corner of Hales Town — The Con- 
tents of Said Tract we are to have Surveyed and measured and a reg- 
ular Plan thereof returned to Said Proprietors and we are informed 
you undertake Such Buisness and as you reside neary e Spot we desire 
you will Survey and plan y e said Tract having Suitable Chainmen 
for that purpose and make a Return of y e Plan as soon as you can 
Conveniently and we will See you Satisfyed for your Service therein 
and you will oblige y r Hum: Serv ts 

D Peirce 
John Moffat 
Geo : Jaffrey 



[Petition of Samuel Fisk, 1759.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 116.] 

Salem, Oct r 16. 1759. 
Honoured Sir. 

After Proper Compliments, to Your Honour This Begs a Favour 
of You, as a Purchaser of M r Masons Patent ; That you will Please 
To Lay before The Gentlemen your Copartners, My Case, which Fol- 
lows, viz* 

I the Subscriber Purchased an Original Right In A Township, 
Granted By This Province to a Number of Petitioners &c anon Called 
Hales-Town I Fullfilled the Terms Appointed till Sicknese & Warrs 
Ceased further Labours. My Lott Fell in that Part Of the Township, 
which, the Mason Setlers Left out of their Township : and which Col 1 
Blanchard Told me was Left for Col 1 Hale. Col 1 Blanchard Under- 
took to obtain My Lott of You Gentlemen He Dyed, having (as I 
Suppose) done nothing. I now Therefore by M r Mitchel, Convey my 



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435 



Request, to You Praying Your allowance of my Right ; being willing 
to Comply with Such Dutys, & Allowances, as your Honours Shall 
Judge Proper, as are others My Neibours. I waited On Col 1 Hale, 
but finding him not Inclined to Act, I Tho't it Proper to Apply to 
You Gentlemen as above 

Be Pleased, Sir, to Give your Self the Unmerited Trouble, of Send- 
ing a Line, To Your Honours 

Sincere & Obediant Servant 



N B. My Age I hope will Sir, Excuse this Scrol. 



Sam 1 Fisk 
S. F. 



\_G-corge Jaffrey to Robert Fletcher. 1759.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 117.] 

Portsmouth October 22 d 1759— 
S r M r Packer informs the Proprietors of the lands Purchas'd of 
John Tufton Mason Esq 1 that he had conferred with you about laying 
out and planning a tract land between Hales Town and New Boston 
for said Proprietors who desire you will proceed on the buisness as 
soon as may be, and divide the whole Tract between Hales Town, as 
granted by said proprietors, and New Boston, to be equally divided 
into Quantity & Quality as near as may be into fifteen equal shares & 
return a Plan of the same, You must be very carefull that no Gore or 
space be left Between the two tracts mentioned, and let mountains, 
rocks and Ponds be particularly described in your plan & if the Qual- 
ity of the land is such, that an equal division cannot be made in 
fifteen equal Lotts for Quantity & Quality, then do it, into thirty 
Lotts to be coupled so as to render an equal division of the whole into 
fifteen shares — In behalf of the Proprietors 

I am S r your most hum le Serv* 

Geo : Jaffrey 
To M r Robert Fletcher 



43 6 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Gore, 1759.] 




the Numbers of the lotts 
to Each Share 



M. H. W. 
J. P. . 
T. A. . 
R. W. . 
G J 

J. R. . 
T. W. . 
P. &M. 
T. P. . 
T. & M. 
J. 0. . 
S. &M. 
J. W. . 
J. M. . 
Meserve & Co y 



Pursuant to the Request of the Proprietors of the Lands Purchassed 
of John Tuff ton Mason Esq r I Have Laid Out Into Thirty Lotts as 
Described in this Plan all the Lands Betwen the Royal Society land 
so Call d & Hales Town Goffes Town & New Boston. Have Coupled 
them as by the above Numbers so as to Make FifTteen Equall Shares 
Quantity and Quallity as Near as May be — herewith Laid in a Scale 
of 200 Poles to an Inch the Lines fathfully Marked and Corners Well 
Made 



1. 


9 


2. 


11 


3. 


26 


4. 


5 


13. 


24 


16. 


25 


10. 


17 


8. 


18 


7. 


6 


19. 


15 


20. 


12 


21. 


14 


22. 


23 


27. 


30 


28. 


29 



Portsmouth Nov r y e 21 st 1759- 



Robert Fletcher Surv r 



WEARE. 437 

[ Cost of Surveying Grore.~\ 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 118.] 

To Divide the Tract of Land Betwen New Boston and Weares 
Town Being Six Miles Long and One Mile in Width Into 15 Equal 
Shares Quntity and Quality to Mark the Lines Faithfully & Return 
a Plan &c will Cost about .30. Dollars or Old Tenor Equl to that Sum 



[Letter from Enoch Bartlett, 1761.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 119.] 

FeV/y 16 th 1761— 
To Dan 1 Pierce Esq r and Others Grantees to Tuften Mason Esq r 
Gentlemen — you Some Years ago, Granted to James M c Hard Esq r 
And Tim° Clement a Tract of Land of which the Title has been Sus- 
pected — I being Attorney to S d Clement and at the Request of S d 
M c Hard have In Some Measure Examined the affair, And am fully of 
opinion that you had good right to Sell or grant Such a Quantity of 
Land Between Robies Town (So Called) and the line of Towns — For 
in A D: 1748 you Granted the Town to Col Goff and others with it's 
west line of five Miles and Starks Town (So Called) Adjoining on 
it's North line with it's West line of 5 Miles & 180 Rods — in the 
whole 10 Miles & 180 Rods — I have Sent up Men and Made An 
Admeasurem* from Souhegan North West Corner — And find that 
on the Course of s d Towns West line which is North Two Deg : West 
it is Eleven Miles And 199 Rods to the line of Towns — by which it 
appears that Starks Town North west Corner A D : 1749 when 
Robies or Wiers town was Granted, was one Mile & 19 Rods to the 
Southward of the line of Towns — Robies Town was to begin at Starks 
Town N : W : Corner and Run South 85 Deg West and thence South- 
erly which cannot make them Contiguous to the line of Towns but 
leaves as much land as You Granted us if Not in the like form as °§ 
Grant— The Alteration And Settlem* Made A D: 1752 (of which 
You May be Inform d by Col : Goff) will Not alter the N : line of 
Robies Town — and tho you then Consented that Goffs Town Should 
Extend half a Mile or More further Northward — And that Starks 
Town on their forfeiture And Surrender Should have their full Meas- 
ure 5 Miles & 180 Rods to the Northward of Goffs Town as then 
bounded it Cannot Enlarge or Alter the Grant Made three years 
before — I Desire that the Quantity of land between Robies Town 



438 CHARTER RECORDS. 

and line of Towns msij be ascertain" 1 and I Stand Ready on the part 
of my Constituent to pay what shall be due let the land be more or 
Less — I Employ d Men toe Measure S d line who Certify Under their 
Hands that they Measured it Impartially as they will Evidence on 
Oath — I Don't Expect You 1 act Much on the affair from My Relation 
without further Enquiry — And Doubt Not but you 1 find it to your 
Advantage — 

I Desire Gentlemen You 1 take the affair Under Considerat n and 
doubt not of finding more lands than You Granted Us — and Also 
desire the favour of you (after being Met together) that You 1 leave 
Your Resolve thereon with Dan 1 Peirce Esq 1 ' that from him we May 
know how to proceed — and if you think it Needful I by myself or 
together with M r M c Hard will wait on you when Met 

All fm Y r Most Humb 1 Serv* 

Enoch Bartlett 

N B My Constituent has been at great charges Considering his 
Abillity and cannot give it up without hurting his family or having 
Something Equivolent 



[Proposition from Enoch Bartlett, 1764.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 120.] 

Portsmouth Nov r 16 th 1764 
To the Honourable Theodor Atkinson Esq r And others Grantees 
of Tufton Mason Esq r 

Whereas You in September 1758 made Your Grant of Land by 
Estimation 2500 Acres, To James M c Hard Esq r And Tim Clement 
adjoyning Starks Town which appears to be Lands laid out bv the 
Proprietors of Robies Town (So Called)— And Said Clement after a 
Considerable Charge is Sued in an action now depending As a Tres- 
passer on Said Lands 

It Appearing that there was a Mistake or Error Somewhere in the 
affair Suppos'd to Arise from missinformation, and the matter to be 
Determined in the Action is whether the Proprietors of Robies Town 
had any right by Grant to those Lands— It is objected that their 
grant was made in September 1749 and to be begin for laying out at 
the North west Corner of Starks Town when Starks town was by 
Grant only without other Confirmation Extended but 10 Miles and 180 
rods North 2 Deg West from the N. West Corner of Souhegan East 
And therefore could Not reach the Line of Towns, which Appears by 



WEARE. 439 

a late Admeasurem' to be 11 miles & 199 rods on Said Course from 
Souhegan East — from which it is Said there is more then to the 
Quantity of 2500 acres between Robies Town and the Line of Towns 
and it is also Said that Starks Town was Extended to the Line of 
Towns by Said Grantees Accepting their Plan in December 1749 by 
its being inserted therein that it adjoyn'd the Line of Towns — 

But as those Lands have been Considered as part of Said Robies 
Town and the Dispute is Aresen from a Mistake And will be Costly — 
It having been propos d that Said grantees, grant to S d M c Hard And 
Clement other Lands in Some Measure Equivalent to 2500 Acres 
there on their Releasing those lands — I therefore the Subscriber hav- 
ing full power to Agree And release in behalf of Said Clement Do 
hereby Certify that I am Ready to Accept An Equivalent in lands 
Else where with a Discharge of Said Action on Said Clements part 
(and Doubt Not but S d M c Hard will also on his) And will give Any 
Proper Release of S d Grant and Lands on the making a Grant of Said 
Equivalent Lands or Any Resolve or agreement that it Shall be made — 

[In handwriting of Enoch Bartlett. Ed.] 



[Letter from Enoch Bartlett, 1764.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 121.] 

Haverhill Nov r 21 st 1764 

To the Honourable Theodore Atkinson Esq r 

S 1 * I last week gave You Some proposals with respect to Tim 
Clements affair, and it was Agreed that I with M r M (: Hard Should be 
at Portsmouth on Monday Next, but As he is obliged to be there this 
week, I write to you by him And perhaps the affair May be Setled in 
Some Measure without our attending Next week, if you (the Grantees) 
Agree with M r M c Hard as I propos d or otherwise I think the Action 
Against Clement May Stand Continued till we can fully Settle the 
affair, it will take up Some time to Settle with respect to the Equiva- 
lent lands however I Shall Abide My Writtne proposals if M r M c Hard 
will come into the like, or perhaps I may take up Clements Bond for 
Money without paying it And take a piece of land you may be willing 
to grant him for his Charges Trouble And Disappointments if it is 
yet Necessary 

I Shall Attend Next week as agreed but I Expect to know by 
M r M c Hard whether it will be Expected or not 
All f m Y r Most Humb 1 SeiV 

Enoch Bartlett 

f fav r of James M c Hard Esq r 



44-0 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\Two Letters from Enoch Bartlett, 1767. ] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 122.] 

To the Hon bl Theodore Esq r Atkinson And others Grantees of Jn* 
Tufton Mason Esq 1 " — 

Enoch Bartlet of Haverhill Humbly Prays That you 1 Appoint Some 
persons with whom he may treat respecting his Surrender of Lands 
claim d by the Proprietors of Robies Town So Called and for discharg- 
ing the Bond Given on Acco" of those Lands — And respecting the 
Sale of other Lands to him Such as he may particularly Apply, to them 
about or for And You 1 oblige 

Y r Humb 1 Serv* 

Haver 1 Apr 1 17 : 1767 Enoch Bartlet 

Apr 1 17 : 1767 
S r It is more then Six Months Since I was in a Capacity to Sur- 
render the Lands in Robies Town, but could Never hear when Your 
Meetings would be — I therefore now desire that a Com tee may be 
appointed in Order to Settle the affair — I find that Esq r M c Hard has 
obtain'd a Grant or Deed of the Southerly part of the lands in Hop- 
kinton but yet hope from Information by Cap* Badger to find Lands 
of which I may make An Agreeable purchase — 

It being So Difficult for me to know of your Meetings And to 
Attend them — 

I desire the favour of your Hon r to present My request in the Next 
Meeting that I may know with whom to treat in order to Close the 
affair 

f m Y r most Humb 1 Serv* 

Enoch Bartlet 
To the Hon w Theodore Atkinson Esq r at Portsm — 



[Bartlett's Bequest Bepeated, 1769.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 123.] 

April 26 : 1769 
To the Honb 1 Theodore Atkinson Esq r And Others Grantees to 
Jn° Tufton Mason Esq r when met together 

Enoch Bartlet of Haverhill Humbly prays that you 1 Appoint Some 
persons As a Com tee with whom he may treat respecting his Surrender 
of Lands that are claimed by the Proprietors of Robies Town So 



WEARE. 44I 

Called and for discharging the Bond Given on the Account of those 
Lands — And respecting the Sale of other lands to him Such As he 
mav apply to them for- — And You 1 oblige 

Y r Humb 1 Serv 1 Enoch Bartlet 



[Again in 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 124.] 

To the Grantees of Jn° Tuften Mason Esq r now met together 

Enoch Bartlet of Haverhill Humbly Prays that you will Appoint 
Some persons As a Com tee with whom he May treat Respecting his 
Surrender of Lands in Robies Town So Called and respecting the Sale 
of other Lands that may be in Some Measure Equivalent to those in 
Robies Town — 

And you 1 Oblige Y r Humb 1 Serv* 

Enoch Bartlet 

N B The Com tee Appointed Some Years ago, by reason of Death or 
Removal could not Act on the affair 

Portsm Oct 2 d 1771— 

[Endorsed] Sum for Tract of land Sold m c hard &c £575 New Tenn r 



[Report of Committee on Bartlett's Claim, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 125.] 

We the Subscribers, being a Committee of the Proprietors of 
Masons Patent at the desire of Enoch Bartlett Esq r have met & fully 
heard him respecting his Claim, as Attorney to Timothy Clements, 
After Maturely Considering the Matter, are fully of Opinion, that said 
Bartlett has no just demand on the Propriety, on acco* of said Clements, 
he the s rt Clements having deceiv'd the Proprietors, in order to obtain 
a grant of Land, & never paid any Consideration for the same. But 
we recommend to the consideration of the Proprietors whether they 
will Grant a Tract of Land to M r Bartlett on such terms as they may 
agree — 

Portsmouth 19 th Aug* 1773 

Dan 1 Peirce 
D 1 Rogers 
John Penhallow. 
W m Whipple 

October 6 th 1773 This Report of the Committee accepted 

att : Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



442 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



WILMOT. 

[This town was constituted from parts of New London and Kearsarge Gore, and 
incorporated June 18, 1807. A portion of Hill was annexed Dec. 21, 1832. A 
tract of land was severed and annexed to Danbury Dec. 19, 1848, and another July 
26, 1878. 

See papers under title New London; Index to Laws, 584; sketch, by W. VV. 
Flanders, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 695 ; Stewart's History of 
the Free Baptists, 1862, pp. 305, 375 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cum- 
mings, 1836, p. 19; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 417.] 



[Plan of Wilmot.' 



Shrined 




WILMOT. 



443 



Nov. 1, 1817 

M r Reuben Raymond applies for N° 43 — 150 Acres Wilmot formerly 
New London — Offered him it for $500 provided he bring a recom- 
mendation from Deacon Hunting & Wait 2 ys for 1 st pay* — he is im- 
mediately to see Deacon Hunting whe is to write Me — 

9 March 1818 

David Everett applies for Lot N° 89 Wilmot formerly New Lon- 
don — Enquired its value of Dea Hunting — application made by John 
Phelps 

John Phelps 15 Sep. 1815 is on Lot N° 54 & offers only $100 for 
it — he and his predecessor have been on 11 y s — 

Amos Foster of Warner wants N° 43, 150 acres Wilmot formerly 
New London 



[Plan of Part of Gore.~\ 



Jvrmerly fart 
Geo re. 




444 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of a Lot, 1823.] 




* nr kpOOTM 0U£ 




Warner November 12 1823. 

To M. W. Pirce Esq Sir — in Obediance to your order I have Sur- 
veyed lot N° 46 in Wilmot formerly Newlondon and herewith Send 
you the plan of the Same — 

M r Buzwil informed that he never had any Deed from Fowler — and 
that the bargain was for twenty Acres on the East Side of the Road 
Which I have platted and there Remains Eight acres On the East Side 
of the Road which is Verry ledge and poor land and the Remainder 
of Fowlers part on the^West Side of the Road 53 — 34 Acres 

the part that Buzzel Occupies I Should think was worth Seven Dol- 
lars per acre — Kinsmans Nine and the Remainder on the West Side I 
Should think was worth Six Dollars fifty Cent per acre 

Laid out on Kinsmans part is a grate Damage to the farm making 
over one hundred Rods fence Where Stones are Very Scarce— 

for further information if any be lacking When I Come to Ports- 
mouth I Will inform you if I Can and Reman your Serv* 

John Palmer 

Mark W. Pierce Portsmouth 



53 6.50 

20 a 7.— 
82 a 9.— 


— 344.50 

— 140.— 

— 738 



1222.50 



wilton. 445 



Moody 750 
Dearborn 350 
Buswell 250 



11350 for the whole Lot besides Cents which are Several 
hundred Dollars 

(This is the Fowler & Wood Lot.) 



WILTON. 

[Granted as Number 2, by the Masonian Proprietors, Oct. i, 1749, to Thomas 
Reed and others. Incorporated as Wilton June 25, 1762, to continue until Jan. 1, 
1765. Reincorporated Jan. 2, 1765. A portion of Lyndeborough was annexed 
to Wilton by Joseph Blanchard, agent for the Masonian Proprietors. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
792 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 676 ; Index to Laws, 585 ; Topographical and 
Historical Description, by Thomas Beede, 1, Farmer and Moore's Historical Col- 
lections, 65; Past and Present, 150th anniversary of settlement, 13, Granite 
Monthly, 252; same, pamphlet, 1889; History, by A. A. Livermore and S.Put- 
nam, 1888, pp. 575; Memorial of Increase Sumner Lincoln, by J. C. Mitchell, 
1890, pp. 25; address, dedication of town house, by I. S. Whitney, 1885; ad- 
dress, centennial celebration, by Ephraim Peabody, 1839; Baptist Churches in 
N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 16; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 
244 ; papers under title Groton, Old Grant, in Massachusetts charters preceding ; 
sketch, by A. A. Livermore, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 695 ; 
Fall of the Wilton Meeting House, 1773, by N. Allen, 22, N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg- 
ister, 234; Materials for History of, by F. Kidder, 8, id., 394; sketch, by J. B. 
Connor, Granite Monthly, vol. 5, p. 168, and vol. 6, p. 330.] 



[Petition for Grant, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 127.] 

Portsmouth November 2 d 1748 
To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of Cap* John Tufton 
Mason's Right to Lands in y e Province of New Hampshire — 

We the underwritten being appointed by the within Subscribers in 
their and our behalfe to make Application for a Tract of land for to set- 
tle a Township at first intended to be address'd to the Governour & 
Council of the Said Province but having Some intimation of your 
Right — we were directed to apply for our Request by y e within Peti- 
tion, As therein Directed to y e Governour & Council, or otherwise to 



44<5 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



you as we should think best for the Benefit of y e within named Peti- 
tioners — We therefore Make our Petition to you the Said Proprietors 
in behalfe of the within named Petitioners, that you would be so kind 
as to take under Consideration and grant the Request to your Peti- 
tioners of y e within mentioned Tract of Land ; or if not that within 
described, where you can most conveniently for your Selves, and Your 
Petitioners, and upon Such Terms as we and you shall agree upon — 
Your favour herein will very much Oblige the Subscribers on the 
other Side in whose behalfe we are Gen tm 

Your most Hum : Serv ts 

Nicolas White 
Nathaniel Bartlet 

To His Excellency Bening Wintworth Esq r Cap fc Generall and Gov- 
erner In Chief In and over His majesties Province of New Hamp- 
shier — 

To the Honr d Councel In S d Province 

May it Plees your Excellency & Honners It haveing been Practist 
to Grant tracts of Lands to Such Persons as Have dun servis In y e 
wors and In Hopes of obtaining the Like favour wee yoour Humble 
petitioners would Gest mention Sumthing wee Have dun Sum of us 
was Present at the taking Poortrial others at Capertoon others In 
Hopes of Doing Great Servis Inlisted against Canodi and others of us 
Have Sufferd greatly Not onely In y e Present but former wors yet so 
It Hath hapned No lands have been Given to us as yeat and being 
Greatly Stratned for want thereof & finding Sum Lands Not Laid out 
betwixt a place Cold Salem Canody & a Remote place Cold grot- 
ten if your Excellency & Honnours would be Pleas d to Grant us out of 
s d Lands a Nuf for a Small town Ship of Six or Eight miles Squeare, 
or So much as you in your Wisdum Shall think Best it would Greatly 
oblidge your Humble petitioners — 



Nicolas White 
Nathaniel Bartlet 
Cornelius Johnson 
Sam 11 Heath Jun r 
Joshua Harriman 
Bartholemy Heath 
Moses Kimball 
Sam 11 Smith 
Samuel Eatton 
Sam 11 Heath 
Samuel Brown 
benjemin Davis 



Jacob Chace 
Thomas Johnson 
Jacob Putnam 
Samuel Harriman 
Nehemiah heath 
John Bradley 
Jonathan Whiticker 
Samuel Guild 
Joseph Hale 
Thomas Chaney 
Jonathan Bartlet 
John Heath 



Joseph harriman 
Ruben Harriman 
Ephraim Emerson 
Ebenezer Noyes 
moses stevens 
Ebenezer White 
Theophilus Eaton 
moses Stevens juner 
Jonathan Smith 
moses heath 
Ban j nam Petngall 
Jonathan Carleton 



WILTON. 



447 



Benjamin Clement 
Sam 11 hadley 
Nathaniel Cheney 
John Kent 
moses Bartlit 
Seth Johnson 



William Ayer 
John Polard 
Jonathan Sergent 
Noahn white 
James Cushen 
Moses Barrun 



Salvanus Noice 
Moses Calton 
Timothy dow 
Peter Dow 
Jacob Woodword 



[Charter of Wilton, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 128, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 74.] 

Province of j Pursuant to the Power and Authority Granted and 

New Hamp r \ Vested in me by the Propri rs of Lands Purchased of 

John Tuffton Mason Esq In the Province of New Hamp r by their 

Vote passed at their meeting held at Portsm In s d Province the 16 th 

Day of June— A D 1749 

I Do by these Presents On the Terms and Conditions here After 
Expressed give and Grant Unto Thomas Read Esq Rob 1 Fletcher Jun r 
Joseph Blanchard Jun r Oliver Colburn Oliver Farwill John Usher 
Tho s Spaulding John Lovewell Jun r Peter Powers Humphry Hobbs 
John Combs Joseph Blodget Samuel Fowle Jonah Swan Ezra Carpen- 
ter Jon a Cumings Thomas Parker Jun r John Varnum William Foster 
M r Tho s Parker, Josi h Butterfield anthony Emery Benj a Parker Jun r 
Nehem h Abbot Samuel Greele Benj a Farwell Oliver Whiting Joseph 
Richardson Benj a Farley Samuel Cumings John Kendall, Abraham 
Kendall David Addams Joseph French Eleazer Blanchard Zacheus 
Lovewell Samuel Farley William Cumings Archelus Dale Jacob Put- 
nam Jonathan Powers Nathan 1 Putnam John Dale Stephen Herryman 
John Shead & Ephraim Putnam) all the Right title and Property of 
the Grantors Afores d of in and to that Tract of Land or Township 
Lying in the Province of New Hamp r Afores d Containing five miles 
Sqare Lying on the Branches of Souhegan River Between Peters- 
burrough and Monson Bounded as Followeth Begining at the South 
West Corner of the Premises at a White pine tree Which is the North 
West Corner of the Township N° 1. and runs from thence North five 
Miles to a White ash tree Marked from thence East five miles to a 
Stake and Stones from thence South five miles to a Chestnut tree 
Marked from thence West five miles to the White Pine the first 
Bounds Mentioned Which Said Township is Lay'd out and Drawn for 
and the Lots Assertained to Each Grantee Respectively also two Lotts 
for Encouragement for Building of mills and three Shares for Publick 



448 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Uses Viz t one for the first Settled minister one for the ministry and 
one for the School there for ever Which Said Shares and Lotts to be 
The Same as Drawn and Allready Entered in the Scheduele & Plan 
hereunto Anexed, unto them Respectively & to their Heirs and As- 
signes, To Have and to Hold on the following Terms Conditions & 
Limitations & on them Only (that is to Say) That a meeting house be 
Built on the Lott N° 11 In the fifth rang and that In the Southwest 
Corner of Said Lott there be Six acres of Land in a square form Re- 
served & appropriated for the Publick use of those who Do or Hereafter 
Shall Inhabit there in Said Township that the Remaining Lands not 
Entered to the Grantees In the Scheduele & Plan as afores d Specified 
on the Bounds of y e Township Afores d be and hereby are Reserved to 
and for the use of y e Grantors of the Premises their Heirs and assignes 
forever free and Clere from all Charges Tax or Incumberance of Set- 
lement Untill their or any of their parts are Improved Respectively 
by them or Som Holding under them — that the afore Mentioned Gran- 
tees Exclusive of y e three Publick Lotts Shall Carry on and Make 
Setlement at their own Expence in the following maner Viz* that 
their be all Necessary High ways Lay'd out in Said Town Where they 
will be most Convenie* Without any pay or Allowance to those Gran- 
tors or Grantees thro Land that y e Same Shall go. That the Grantees 
Build a Conveniant house for the Public Worship of God there & 
finish the Same at or Before the Last Day of November 1752 for the 
use of those Who Shall then or hereafter Inhabit There — That they 
the s d Grantees after five Years from the Date hereof Maintain Preach- 
ing there, that there be on Some one Lott of Each of Forty of S d 
Grantees Shares three acres of Land Clered Inclosed and Fitted so 
Far as is Profitable for mowing or tillage at or Before the Last day of 
Nov r 1751 & Each of the S d Lotts to be Clered As Aforesaid to be 
Settled by having a house Built of Sixteen feet Square at the Least & 
Seven feet Stud or more with a Chymney and Celler finished and fitted 
for Comfortable Dwelling therein at or Before the Last Day of may 
1752 & Some Person or Family Inhabiting & residant in Said house & 
they or Some Others in Each of their Stead Continue Residancy there 
Untill the Last Day of may 1755.— that the Owners of the said Forty 
Setling Shares have on Each of their Rights Respectively three Acres 
of Land more In Like manner fitted at or Before the" Last Day of 
Nov r 1752 & the Like Quantity annually for two Yeares then Nex Cum- 
ing— That the Remaining five Rights or Shares of the Grantees afores d 
Viz* 01o r Farwell Benf Farwell Jos Blanchard Eleaz 1 ' Blanchard & 
one Right of Rob 1 Fletcher Jun r Be Excused from the Duty of Build- 
ing Improving Or Settleing Untill the Last Day of Nov r 1755 & then 
to have the Whole Duty Performed as Others at that Time 



WILTON. 



449 



That Each of the said Grantees at Executing this Instrum* Pay 
thirty Pounds Cash Old Ten 1 ' to Defray the Necessary Charges Arisen 
and Ariseing in Bring forward the settle* to be Deposited In the hands 
of Such Person as they the s d Grantees Shall Appoint Being a Freeholder 
& a Residant in this Province that the Afores d Grantees or their As- 
signes Assess Such Further Sums of money Equally in Proportion to 
their Right on the Right of Each Grantee Exclusive of the three Pub- 
lic Lotts as may be thought Necessary for Carrying on & Compleat- 
ing any of the Public Matters in Makeing the Setle* afores d and on 
Failure of payment for the Space of three Months after Such tax or 
Assessm* is agreed upon & posted up at Such place or places as the 
Prop rs the Grantees Shall appoint to Give Notice for Calling Prop rs 
Meetings that so much of Such Delinquents Rights Respectively be 
Desposed of by a Com tee Choose by the Maj 1 Part of the Grantees for 
that Purpose as will pay the s d Tax and all Charges ariseing thereon — 

and In Case any of the S d Grantees Shall Neglect or Ref ues to per- 
form any of the articles aforementien d he Shall Forfeit his Share and 
Right In s d Township to those of the Grantees Who Shall not be De- 
linquent In the Performance of the Conditions Enjoyned & It Shall 
and may be Lawfull for them by their agent or agents Appoynted by 
the maj r Part of those not Delinquent for that purpose to Enter Into 
and upon the Right of Such Delinquent owners & him to amove oust 
and Expell for their Use their Heirs and Assignes Provided they Settle 
or Cause to be Settled Such Delinq s Right within the Term of one 
Year after the Period that is by this Indenture Stipulated to be Done 
as the Conditions of this Grant and fully Comply with y e whole Duty 
Such Delinq* ought to have Don within the Term of one Year from 
time to time after the Respective Periods thereof & in Case they omitt 
Complying as afores d in that term as afores d that all Such Delinq* s 
Right Shall Revert & belong to the Grantors their Heirs & Assignes 
free from the Incombrance of Settle* or Charge Allways Provided their 
Indien war within any of the Terms & Limitati ns afores d for Doing 
the Duty Conditioned in this Grant & In Case that Should Happen 
the Same time to be Allowed for the Respective matters afores d after 
Such Impedim* Shall be Removed 

That all White Pine trees growing on s d tract of Land fit for masting 
his Majestys Royal Navy be and hereby are Granted to his Majestys 
Royal Nav[y] and Successors for ever — 

Lastly the Said Grantors Do Hereby Promis to the said Grantees 
their Heirs and Assignes to Defend thro the Law to King & Council 
If Need be one Action that Shall or may be Brought against them or 
any Nomb r of them by any Person or Persons Whatsoever Claiming 
the Said Lands or any Part thereof by any Other Tittle than that of 
29 



45o 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



the s d Grantors or that by which they hold and Derive theres from 
Provided they the S d Grantors are a Vouched In to Defend the Same 
& that on fineal Tryal the Sam Shall be Recovered Aganst the said 
Grntors, the Grantees Shall Recover Nothing over ag fc the Grantors 
for the said Lands or Expence In Bringing forward the Settlem* In 
Witness Whereof I the Subscriber Joseph Blanchard of Dunstable 
have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this first Day of October — 1749 

Joseph Blanchard [Ls] 
Coppy Exam d ^ Joseph Blanchard Jun r Prop Clark 



[Acceptance of Charter, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 129, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 82.] 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq In the Name & behalf of the Prop 55 
of the Lands In the Province of New Hamp r Purchassed by them of 
Jn° Tuffton Mason Esq r Who Sold them Under the Title Made to 
them by a Com'on Recovery Did on the first Day of Octo r 1749 — 

Grant the Contents of five miles Square part of Said Land Bounded 
as Followeth Begining at the South West Corner of the Premises at 
a White pine Tree Marked which is the North West Corner of the 
Township N° 1 & Runs from thence North five miles to a White ash 
tree marked from thence East five miles to a Stake and Stones from 
thence South five miles to a Chesnut tree Marked from thence West 
five miles to the first Bounds mentiened, Under Certain Conditions 
Limitations and Reservations in s fl Grant mentiened as by Said Grant 
Referance there to had will fully appear, Unto Tho s Read Esq Rob* 
Fletcher Jun r Jo s Blanchard Jun r Oliver Colburn 01iv r Farwell John 
Usher Tho s Spaulding Jn° Lovewell Jun r Peter Powers Humphry 
Hobbs Jn° Combs Jos: Blodget Jun r Sam 1 Fowle Jos h Swan Ezra 
Carpenter Jon a Cumings Thorn 8 Parker Jun r Jn° Varnum W m Foster 
the Rev d M r Tho s Parker Josiah Butterfield Anthony Emery Benf 
Parker Jun r Nehe h Abbot Sam 1 Greele Benf Farwell 01iv r Whiting 
Jo s Richardson Benj a Farley Jn° Kendall Ab r Kendall Daved Addams 
Joseph French Eleaz r Blanchard Zach s Lovewell Sam 1 Farley Will 
Cumings Jon a Powers Sam 1 Cumings Arch 8 Dale Jacob Putnam Nath 1 
Putnam Jn° Dale Stephen Herryman Jn° Shead & Eph m Putnam— 
Therefore 

Voted that We Do hereby Accept Said Title and for our Selves our 
Heirs and Assignes Acknowledge that We Do hold Said Lands Under 
S d Title Conditions and Limitations with the Reservations therein 
Mentioned — 

Extract from the Votes of the Prop 1 ' 8 Grantees of the Township 
Called N° 2 Passed at their Meeting the 21 st day of Nov r 1752 

Coppy Exam d f Joseph Blanchard Jun r Pro Clerk 



WILTON, 



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[Draft of Lots, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, VoL 8, p. 130, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

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Robert Fletcher Jun r 

Joseph Blanchard Jun 

Oliver Colburn . 

Minister . 

Oliver Farwell . 

John Usher 

Thomas Spalding 

John Lovewell Jun r 

Peter Powers 

Humphry Hobbs 

John Combs 

Joseph Blodgett 

Samuel Fowle . 

Josiah Swan 

Ezra Carpenter . 

Jonathan Cumings 

Thomas Parker Jun r 

John Varnum . 
Peter Powers & Arch™ 
Ministry . 
Thomas Read Esq 
William Foster . 
M r Thomas Parker 
Josiah Butterfield 
Anthony Emery 
Benj a Parker Jun 1- 
Peter Powers 
School lotts 
Nehemiah Abbot 
Samuel Greele . 
Benjamin Farwell 
Oliver Whiting . 
Joseph Richardson 
Benj a Farley 
Joseph Blodget . 
John Kendall 
Abraham Kendall 
Peter Powers 
David Adams 



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Eleaz r Blanchard 
Robert Fletcher Jun 1 
Zacheus Lovewell 
Sam 11 Farley 
William Cumings 
Jonathan Powers 
Samuel Cumings 
Natha 1 Putnam . 
Mill lotts . 
John Dale . 
Jacob Puttnam . 
Steven Herryman 
Archalaus Dale . 
John Shead 
Ephraim Putnam 

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drawn by the Grantors the Respective lotts of each entered ag 8t y e name 





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M Hunking Wentworth Esq 

Jotham Odiorn . 

Joseph Blanchard 

Thomas Wallingsford Esq 

Joshua Peirce Esq 

William Parker Esq . 

John Wentworth Jun r 

John Moffett Esq 

Nath 11 Meserve & Others 

George JafTrey Esq 

Daniel Peirce & mary Moor 

Mathew Livermore Esq 

Richard Wibird Esq . 

Theodore Atkinson Esq 

John T : Mason & Jn° Thomlinson Esq" 

M Hunks Wentworth Esq . 

Sam 1 Solley & Clemo' March Esq r 



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[John Goffe's Report, 1764.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 131.] 

Monday April y e 2th, 1764. Went from Amherst to Wilton and 
took with me Cap fc Walker and Lieu* Bradford: soon after our 
entrance into the Town met with Hamlet who utterly denied his 
fenceing any of the Lord Proprietors Lands Disclaimed and wholly 
renounced & Disowned all Pretensions to any claim whatsoever of 
any Land Claimed by said Proprietors — M r Livermore affirmed that 
he had not by himself or with others improved fenced or meddled 
with any of the said Gentlemens Lands nor could we Learn that any 
were Trespassing in said Town upon the Strictest enquiry Excepting 
one Perry who it Appears has & is Trespassing on the Lot N° 4 in 
the ninth Range found some Clearing done on said Lot a Hut Erected 
in which we found fire and two or three Kittels also on said lot a long 
String of Possession Fence — at the northwest Corner of said Lot is a 
tree marked Lot n° 4 Range ninth 

P : S : it is commonly reported at Wilton & else where that m r 
Perry is a Great promoter & Encourager of the affair of settleing the 

said Gentlemens Lands 

Attests John Goffe 



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Windsor. 455 

N° 37 in the East & ) 

N° 37 in y e West Range > Aaron Peabodv 

of y e Mile Slip ) 

N°'36 in y e West R— 6i Acres of y e West End Sold to S. Will- 
iams 

N° 41 in y e easternmost Range in the mile Slip sold to David Ingals 
consid a £180 Dec 1 ' 1778. 

Spring 1777. Sold to David Burn am 60 Acres of Land bounded 
Northerly by Land I sold to Nath 1 Peabody easterly by John Cum- 
ings & Southerly (in y e westermost Range of the Mile Slip) until 
that Quantity of Land is compleated Consid a 44c£ 



WINDSOR. 

[This town was formerly known as CampbeiPs Gore. Wheeler's Gore, situated 
between Ca?npbelPs Gore and Washington, was annexed June 21, 1797. Incor- 
porated as Windsor Dec. 27, 1798. 

See XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 723; Index to Laws, 78, 586; sketch, by 
J. G. Dodge, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 727.] 



[Petition of James Campbell, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 132.] 

Portsmouth October 20 th 1748 
To the Gentlemen Proprietors of Mason's Right in Lands in y° 
Prov s of New Hampshire Gent 111 

I the Subscriber in behalf of my selfe and others Inhabitants of 
Chester & Londonderry do petition your favour to grant to such a 
Number of us and in Such manner as shall Seem meet to you a tract 
of Land or Such part thereof as you shall think fit Scituated & lying 
Chiefly to y e North of y e road leading from New Boston So called to 
Hillsborough So called ; and in order thereto, do propose to preferr to 
the Said Proprietors a plan of y e Scituation & extent of the Said 
tract of Land with a List of the men's Names who will be Your Peti- 
tioners, by y e Second day of November next, in y e mean time pray 
the Said tract of land may not be otherwise disposed of and you will 
greatly Oblige me & others your friends &c 

James Campbell 



456 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Pla?i of Windsor.'] 





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[J$m<?s Campbell to Theodore Atkinson, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 133.] 

Londonderry March 20 the 1770 
Hono' 1 s r a number of poor men & me have Been Petitioning the 
Purcharssors of masons Patent this twonty year for the Grant of a 
Township we obtaind Number Eight after Half was Granted to 
Cap* Priscut we waited long in Hops of Some addition & now would 
be glad of the Spot Known by the name of Campbells Gore which is 
all that is left of the Town furst Granted to us by your agint we 
have Employed Mathow Thornton Esq to wait on Honours in our 
behalf & he informs us that your Honour appears willing to Doe us 
Justics but thare is so many of another Opinion he fears he will not 
suceed it has Cost us a grat sume & we are very unable to Loose it 
I am vary Old & the money I hav laid out in Surveying Journeying 
Petitioning would doe me a graeat Servies to Dig I am not now able 
& to beeg of any but your Honour I am a Shamed & my fellow Suf- 
ferers many of tham as poor as my Self we Beleeve the Doct r is faith- 
full but he Can doe nothing without you Excuse thes brokin hints 
from an old man & my giveing you this truble nothing but Niecessity 
Could have forced me to this freedom I laeve my Case with & trust 
intirly with you & give you this Oportunity to lay up treasure whare 
I hope we are both agoing & am your Honours Humble serv* 

James Campbell 
James Campbell Juner with Severls others is Redey to Setel down 
on it as Soone as granted 



Windsor. 457 

[Nathan Taylor to the Governor, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 134.] 

To his Excellency Governour Wentworth and others Gentlemen, 
Lord Proprietors of a Tract of Land called Camel's Gore 

Sir 

Your humble Petitioner informeth you that he has purchased a 
Lot of land of M r Yarnum Esq — Proprietor of a tract of Land called 
Limbrick, which lot was then supposed to come within s d Township 
and accordingly oblieged myself to do a Duty, which Duty I have 
clone for Limbrick But since by running the lines, s d lot fall into s d 
Camels Gore, and I have lived upon the land two years, with my 
family; and now I humbly desire that the Lord Proprietors of s d 
Land would inform me whither I shall hold s d lot under them, & 
what Duty I shall be oblieeged to do for s d Lot; which contains 128 
Acres, and I likewise inform you, that there are a Number of per- 
sons that pretend to hold the Land of s d Gore, under one M r Camel 
to whom they say, s d land was granted ; who threaten to remove me 
from s d Lot as an intruder ; and I humbly desire that you would 
inform me whither you will give me any title to s d Lot, if I should 
come for it. — I have been Verbally informed several times, from your 
Honours, that I should never be hurt, by taking up s d Lot in the 
manner I did and therefore I have presumed to tarry upon the Lot. 
and I likewise desire that you would write by the bearer hereof 
whither your Honours proposes to settle s d Gore soon for there are 
several men that would take up Land here if they knew upon what 
terms they migh have it ; 

this from your humble petitioner and 

most obedient servant 

Camels Gore June y e 9 th 1773 Nathan Taylor 



[Memoranda.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 135.] 

Mem Nov r 1778 M r Costello requested to have y e Opp° of purchas- 
ing Campbells Gore when Sold 

Dec r 9 Ja s Beton Esq r Signifyed to the Prop rs his desire to pur- 
chase Campbells Gore but could not make any offer as He was unac- 
quainted with the Quality of y e land 

Feb y 25 Ja s Addams applyed to purchase in Cambels Gore 1000 
Acres to have y e persons removed y* got upon it 



458 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Enoch Hale Esq r request's when a gore of land between Mason & 
Wilton when disposed of he may have y e preference in Consider a of 
Services 

Y e Gore half a mile wide 

1779 March 18 th Moses Kelly of Golf's Town desires to be a pur- 
chaser of Cambells Gore 



[John Croffe to Proprietors, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 136.] 

Gen' when I heard Last summer Campbells Gore was settling by a 
number of Resolute fellows that Could Give masons proprietors no 
better name then Tories out of Regard to you I went to some of them 
& sent to others and perswaded them of from farther medling till 
they had your liberty which I Did not dout you would Give them 
upon Reasonable Teirms if they would apply Reaglarly for it, they 
Came to me and after some arguments they Said you are aquanted 
with them Gen* will you go Down for us to them I answared I cant 
go my Selfe but If one of you will Go I will Right to them which 
will Do as well, accordingly I wrote you & let you know my oppinion 
Concerning it, and several of my Grandsons by Information from 
those men told me if they Could Git Each 100 acre they would settel 
their and not Go to the Eastward which maid me take so much pains 
as I have don, & spent so much mony and It is all to no porpose, 
Except they Can have those four lots that I mentioned to you when 
I was Down now Gen 1 may I ask you a Question or two 1 st would it 
not be better to Grant them I dont mean my children but them four 
lots then to Try to oust them by Law Especily those that have maid 
Improvements as the times & curcumstances are at present for they 
that have begun on that tract are Encoraged and that as I am In- 
formed by men of Caructer that if you have any Right to the patten 
that Tract is out of the bounds of the patten and they will warrant 
them if they go on and settel that no Jury will Turn them off 

2 ly weather the cost wont be grater then the want of them four 
lots among 15 of you, as at the meeting of the whole 10 they Resolved 
to a man they would have nothing to Do with it Except" the 4 was 
granted and had Rather that the first agrement should be annihil- 
ated then stand at all, for they Can purch Land as Good for 4 Dol- 
lors an acre near 20 miles nearer market or sea port, they Say yet as 
they sent me down they will stand for the 500 Dol rs f 100 if they 
may have the 4 lots afores d but I must loose my bond and survey if 



Windsor. 459 

the above is not Complyed with by you sence what I have Don I 
amed at your Intrist I hope you will not take any advantage of me 
as for the 1000 Guinys I was surprized when I Got to my Lodgen & 
Calculated how much corn &c I found that all Campbills Gore would 
not produce in fifteen year So much Corn besids sopporting the Fame- 
leys that Raised it I told Esq r Penhollow next morning & Several of 
your proprietors I would not Give more then 500<£ to pay in Gould 
Selver or Corn at the Regulating price but they 10 Chose 3 of their 
n° to wate upon your Hon rs at your ajornment Every one of which 
Intended to have Comply d with the artekls of settelmen if your 
Reserve would have aforded Good land which I think when I Sign d 
the bond 1 had the promis off 

The Com" from the 10 are Cap* Sam 11 Moor Cap 1 Thomas McLough- 
lin and M r Benjamen Baker who are men of Good Estats & Good 
Cridid and Reputation and all 3 of them aquanted with the land and 
Can Inform you better then I Can and they are Determined to make 
a final Conclution about that Gore In Great hast I am with Great 
Regard Your sencear frind & 

Humble Servant 

Derryfeild July 13 th 1779 John Goffe 

Masons proprietors 

[Plan of Windsor, 1779.] 

Cammelh Gore Surveyed JIlti'JD .f/jcf 
The Scale of Troforizon 200 rods to an- 



Inch — 



ion U«i *.& 







460 CHARTER RECORDS. 

N B. We were oblidged to alter that part of your orders to us 
respecting the numbering of the lots, by reason of our not being able 
to ascertain Antrim line, and other contingencies that happen'd us, 
and instead of numbering 1, 2, 3, &e throughout the whole, we 
numbered N° 1 N° 2 of y e first Range N° 1 N° 2 of y e 2 d Range & c 

Note also there is allowed to each hundred Acre lot 3 Acres nearly 
for highway land — 

All those lots not marked to contain a certain Quantity contains 
103 acres highway land being reckon'd 

The Pricked or Shady places represents large tracts of Morass or 
Cedar Swamp land not fit to be inhabited 

Note every that is nearly Square is 160 rods in length, and 103 
rods in Breadth the other Lots that has Water or otherwise cut has 
also the number of rods marked on the plan that was required to 
make the needed Compliment 

The above a true Plan of the Said Cammels Gore as Surveyed by 
me the Subscriber according to the best of my Judgement — 

^ me James Nesmith jun r Sworn Surveyor — 

Jan y 1782 a true Copy Examin'd 

V Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[John Goffe's Bill, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 137.] 

June Co 11 John Goffe to Samull Moor D 1 

1779 for Serveying Campbells Goar 

To the serveyer for 10 Days at 9«£ £ 90— 0—0 

To Sam 11 Moor 10 Days at £6 60—0—0 

To Abraham moor 10 D° at D° 60 0—0 

To Theoploas Griffen 10 D° at D° 60 

270—0—0 

acompt f me Samuel Moor 

N°l & N° 2 in the 1 st Rang 



[Petition of John Gordon, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 138.] 

To the Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esq r — In New-Hampshire 



WINDSOR. 461 

The Memorial & Petition of John Gorden Resident on Cambell's 
Gore, So called, Sheweth 

That on September 2 d 1775. I purchased of Nathan Taylor, now 
resident in Antrim, a certain Lot or tract of Land, in Cambell's Gore, 
contain g one hundred twenty eight Acres having thereon an house 
ab* 26 f lt in length, and ab 1 18 f fct wide, and about 4 Acres cleared, 
and trees fallen on ab fc 3 Acres more, the Consideration I gave, was 
the Sum of two hundred pounds, lawfull money, which was estimated 
and paid in one hundred Acres of land, in the Society (so called) in 
the great Lot N° 7. on which I had resided five years, and on which 
I had an house ab fc the Dimensions of that before mentioned, and had 
21 Acres of land cleared and improved — and that I have resided more 
than four years on the Lot in Cambells Gore, 1 purchased of Said 
Taylor, & have made Considerable Improvements on the Lot so pur- 
chased for which I have his deed of Warrantee — but being informed 
the Land I purchased of Said Taylor, is the Property of the Proprie- 
tors of Masons Right — and lays chiefly, except 5 Acres, in Lot N° 3, 
as laid out in a Plan of Campbell's Gore by James Nesmith Jun r in 
June 1779. Therefore I request and pray Said Proprietors that they 
would Sell to me Said Lot N°»3 and Lot N° 2 also in Said Gore, for 
Such Sum of paper money as they shall think reasonable, or for such 
Articles in Specie of Country Produce, as they shall think equiva- 
lent to the Value of Said Lot N° 3 — and also of N° 2. and favour me 
with advice of their Determination on the Premises, as Soon as may 
be when concluded — your favour in granting the above Petition will 
greatly oblige your most 

Hum : Serv* 

his 
John I I I Gorden 

Witness Enoch Eaton mark 

Portsm August 13, 1779 



[James Underwood Offers Bonds for Gordon, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 139.] 

Litchfield Sept r 21 st 1779 

Sir/ M r John Gordon informs Me he is About Buying Land from 

the purchesers of Mason Claim and dont know but he may Stand in 

need of a Bondsman if that should be the Case if I am thought Suffi- 

ciant Shall readily be bound for his performing any payment he in- 



462 CHARTER RECORDS. 

gages to the aMount of three Hundred pounds I am sir your most 
Ob 1 & very Hum 1 Ser* 

James Underwood 

P S M r Gordon Wants the plan of the first Laying or Lotting out 
Campbells Gore 



[Proprietors' Minutes.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 144.] 

W m Whipple, J Penhallow & J Peirce a Committee of The Proprie- 
tors & purchasers of Masons Pattent, are to convey to Cap* Sweet 
two hundred Acres of Land more or less being Lots N° 4 & 5 in the 
2 d Range in Cammels Gore so called, s d Gore bounds on the Towns 
of Antrim Hilsborough, Washington & Stoddard, Ninety pounds L 
m y Consideration 300 Spanish Milld Dollars Necessary highways are 
to be reserved — a Mortgage on the premises to secure the payment 
of a note of hand for 200 bush 8 Corn to be paid at or before 1 st dav 
March 1781—200 bush Corn at or before March '82 & 100 bush 9 to 
be paid at or before March '83 — & interest on each payment of corn 
after the expiration of each period 

Whereas by a Vote of said Proprietors passed y e 3 d day of April 
1780 W m Whipple John Penhallow Esq rs and M r John Peirce were 
impowered as a Committee to sell the tract of land called Cambells 
Gore to the best advantage for the Prop rs and some doubt arising 
whether any two of said Committee are competent for that purpose and 
it being also necessary to enable the same to committee for and 
in behalf of y e prop rs to take any real or personal Security for the 
Sale of s d land for the use of s d Prop 1 ' 8 therefore voted that s d Com- 
mittee or any two of them be and hereby are fully impowered in 
behalf of s d Prop rs to sell the same land as afores d and take any real 
or personal Security for the payment of the purchase Sum they may 
judge proper 



[Reserved Lots.~\ 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 83, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 4, p. 72, 

and Vol. 7, p. 101.] 

Cammels Gore 28 Lots and 2 lots in New Bradford to make up 15 
Shares of 2 Lots each — 



WINDSOR. 463 

Richard Wibird— lots N° 5— 1 st Range 6— 2 d Range 
John Moffatt— Lots N° 1— 5 th Range N° 3— 1 st Range 
George Jaffrey — lots N° 45 New Bradford N° 5 — 4 th Range 
Mark H g Wentworth lots N° 1— 2 d Range N° 4— 3 d Range 
Jotham Odiorne — lots N° 3— 4 th Range N° 1 — 6 th Range 
Thomas Packer— lots N° 9— 1 st Range N° 4— 4 th Range 
Thomlinson & Mason lots N° 1— 3 d Range N° 2— 3 d Range 
Solly & March— lots N° 1— 1 st Range N° 7— 3 d Range 
Joshua Peirce — lots N° 7— 2 d Range N° 5— 3i Range 
Peirce & Moore— lots N° 8— 3 d Range N° 44 in New Bradford 
John Wentworth lots N° 2— 5 th Range N° 3— in 5 th Range 
Theodore Atkinson— Lots N° 6— 1 st Range N° 10— 2 d Range 
Thomas Wallingford lots N° 6— 3 d Range N° 2— 4 th Range 
John Rindge— lots N° 3— 3 d Range N° 1— 4 th Range 
Meserve Blanchard & C° N° 4— 1 st Range N° 2— 2 d Range 



[Mortgage Deed, Jonathan Swett to Proprietors, 1780.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 140.] 

Know all men by these presents That I Jonathan Swett of Green- 
land in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hampshire Gen- 
tleman for and in consideration of the Sum of Ninety pounds lawful 
money in solid coin to me in hand paid before the delivery hereof by 
William Whipple John Penhallow Esq rs and John Peirce Merchant 
all of Portsmouth in the County aforesaid as a Committee for & in 
behalf of the Proprietors of the lands purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq r &c the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge have 
bargained sold remised and released by these presents do bargain 
sell convey remise release and forever quitclaim unto the said William 
Whipple John Penhallow and John Peirce their Heirs and Assigns 
forever as a Committee afores d for the use of said Proprietors all the 
right title Interest property claim and demand I have of in & to two 
hundred acres of land more or less being Lots Numbered Four and 
Five in the second Range in Cambell's Gore so called in y e County 
of Hillsborough and State aforesaid which Gore is bounded by the 
Towns of Antrim Hillsborough Washington and Stoddard being the 
same land the said Committee conveyed to me by deed bearing date 
the Seventeenth day of April A D 1780— To have & To hold the 
said bargained premises with all the appurtenances thereof to them 
the said William Whipple John Penhallow and John Peirce (as a 
Committee afores d for the use of said Proprietors) their Heirs and 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



Assigns forever for the use aforesaid. Provided nevertheless and 
this deed is upon this condition that if the said Jonathan Swett his 
Heirs Executors or Adm rs shall well and truly pay or cause to be 
paid unto the said William Whipple John Penhallow and John Peirce 
or either of them for the use said Proprietors three Notes of hand 
given by the said Jonathan to the said Committee for the use of said 
Proprietors, bearing date the 17th day of April A D 1780 the first 
of said Notes is given for two hundred Bushels of merchantable Indian 
Corn to be delivered to said Committee or order at or before the first 
day of March A D 1781 with Interest after that time The second of said 
Notes is for two hundred Bushels of merchant ble Indian Corn to be 
delivered to said Committee or order at or before the first day of 
March A D 1782 with Interest after that time, and the third of said 
Notes is for one hundred Bushels of merchantable Indian Corn to be 
delivered to said Committee or order at or before the first day of 
March A D 1783 with Interest after that time. Then this deed and 
every clause thereof shall be null and void or else shall be & remain 
in full [force] and virtue. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set 
my hand and Seal the Eighteenth day of April Anno Domini One 
thousand seven hundred & Eighty 

Signed Sealed & De- Jona Swett (seal) 

livered In presence of us — 

Sam 1 Penhallow 

Geo : Atkinson 

State of New Hampshire ) Portsmouth April the Twenty first 
Rockingham ss ] 1780 Then the above-named Jonathan 

Swet Personally appearing acknowledged the above-written I nstru- 

ment to be his Voluntary Act & Deed 

Before me Sam 1 Penhallow Justice Peace 

Hillsbor , ss Rec d 30 th Dec r 1780 & Recorded Lib : 8, Fol : 298 & 
Examined 

m Moses Nichols R D R 



[Proprietors' Agreement with Gordon and Swett, 1784.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 141.] 

Portsmouth Feb y 10 th 1784— at a Convention of the Proprietors of 
y e Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r in New Hampshire 
John Gorden of Campbels Gore with whom the Said Proprietors 
agreed on y e 23 d day Sept r 1779 to Convey to him two Lots of land 



WINDSOR. 465 

in said Gore computed one hundred Acres each viz fc Lot N° 2 in first 
Range & Lot N° 3 in Second Range agreable to James Nesmith jun r 
his plan of said Gore — and for which the Said Gorden gave his note 
under his hand on the Said 23 d day of September, promising to pay 
unto George Jaffrey Esq r for the use of Said Proprietors in one year 
from Said 23 d day of September two hundred bushells of good merch a 
Indian Corn and two hundred bushells of good Merch a Rye or as much 
money as will purchase Said Corn and Rye in the Town of Ports- 
mouth where Said Corn & Rye was to be delivered with Interest on 
Said Corn & Rye until paid — Now the Said Gorden appears before 
the Proprietors and Say's he is unable to pay the Sum now due in 
Consideration for the Said two lotts — upon Consideration of Sundry 
Circumstances represented by Said Gorden and upon his Application 
jointly with Josiah Swett of Wenham in the County of Essex and 
Common Wealth of Massachusetts yeoman — That said Proprietors 
should give to the Said John Gorden a grant of one the Lots in Said 
Gore N° 2 in 1 st Range in Said Gore and that the Said Josiah Swett 
have a grant of the other of Said lotts N° 3 in 2 d Range in Said Gore 
upon Said Swetts paying or Satisfying Said Proprietors the Sum of 
Ninety five pounds lawfull money in Silver — upon Consideration of 
the whole matter — The Proprietors determine That if the Said Josiah 
Swett shall pay to the Said Proprietors within Six months from this 
date forty Seven pounds ten shillings lawfull money in Silver, and 
give them Sufficient Security for forty Seven pounds ten shillings in 
Said money then the Said Prop rs will give a grant to the Said John 
Gorden of the Lot N° 2, in 1 st Range aforesaid and give a grant to 
the Said Josiah Swett of the above Said Lot N° 3 in 2 d Range in 
Campbells Gore aforesaid — the Said Gordens obligation to the Prop rs 
for 200 bushells of Indian Corn & 200 bushells of Rye be cancelled 
and Given up — 

attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Advice in Swett Case, 1788.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 142.] 

(Mortgage) 
David Swett of Campbells Gore — to Rogers, Penhallow, & Peirce 
a Mortgage of Lots N° 4 & 5. 2 d Range in said Gore Recorded book 
16, page 405— 

Swett sold the same Land to to Men one by the name of Swett the 
other unknown by deeds which are also recorded — 
30 



a66 charter records. 

M r Bean must now enquire whether Swetts conveyance to these 
two Men were recorded before or after the above Mortgage — 

perhaps one Wiggins of Stratbam or some other person might join 
in the sale — M r Bean brought acc° when he returned the mortgage 
that David had made no conveyance he must now find when his deds 
above ment d were recorded for he has certainly sold the Land — a 
Mortgage from Josiah Swett is now sent to be recorded — Sep r 5 th 
1788 

the Mortgage within mentioned was recorded 1 st Nov r 1786 — Wig- 
gin & Swett to Richards of 250 acres Being the whole of the Lot 
N° 5— & the Southerly half of N° 4 Joining N° 5 in 2 d range in 
Campbells gore Recorded 26, Dec r 1786 — Swett to Swett of the North 
Half of Lot N° 4 in 2 d range Recorded 14 may 1788.— which is the 
within Request 



\Mortgage, Swett to Proprietors, 1788.] 
[Masonian Proprietors, Vol. 8, p. 143.] 

Know all Men by these Presents, That I Josiah Swett of a place 
called Campbels Gore in the County of Hilsborough and state of New 
Hampshire Gentleman For and in consideration of the sum of Seventy 
Seven pounds Lawful Money to me in hand before the delivery 
hereof, by George Jaffrey Esquire Clerk of the Proprietors of Masons 
Patent, said Jaffrey is of Portsmouth in the County of Rockingham 
and State aforesaid— the Receipt whereof, I do hereby acknowledge, 
have given, granted, bargained, sold and released; and by these 
Presents do give, grant bargain, sell, aliene, release, convey and con- 
firm to him the said George Jaffrey his Heirs and Assigns, to hold 
for the benefit of the said Proprietors of Masons Patent one hundred 
Acres of Land more or less being Lot Number three in the second 
Range in Said Cambels Gore it being the Lot of Land I now live on 
together with all the buildings and improvements thereon — 

To have and to hold the said granted Premises with the Appurte- 
nances thereof, to him the said George Jaffrey his Heirs and Assigns 
to hold as aforesaid to his & their proper use, benefit and behoof for- 
ever: Hereby engaging to warrant and defend the said granted Prem- 
ises, against all claims or demands of any person or persons claiming 
by, from or under any Person or Persons whomsoever — 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 
fourth day of September Anno Domini, 1788— 

Provided Nevertheless and this Deed is upon this express condition 



WINDSOR. 467 

that if I the said Josiah S wett my heirs or Assigns do well and truly pay 
or cause to be paid unto the said George Jaffrey for the benefit of said 
Proprietors of Masons Patent one note of hand of this date for the sum 
of Seventy Seven pounds Lawful Money in one Year from the date 
with interest thereon until paid, according to the true intent and mean- 
ing of said Note then this deed shall be null and void or otherwise be 
and remain in full force strength and virtue as Witness my hand the 
day and Year before written 

Signed Sealed & Josiah Swett [seal] 

Delivered in Presence of — 

Geo Gains 

Edward Hart 
State of New ) 

Hampshire > Portsmouth Septem r fourth 1788 

Rockingham ss ) Then Josiah Swett Personally Appearing 
Acknowledged the foregoing Instrument by him Signed to be his 
free act and Deed before Geo Gains Jus Peace 

Hillsboro' ss : Receiv d 8 th Septem r 1788, and Recorded Lib : 20, 
Fol : 413 & Exam d — 

m Moses Nichols R D R 



[Bond for Deed of Lot, 1802.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 145.] 

Provided M r Henry Bagley of Windsor in the County of Hillsbor- 
ough, will execute to each of us a Note of hand for Sixty Dollars, 
payable in one & two Year, with Interest from Jan y 1, 1802 — on 
Receipt of said Notes, properly secured to us, by Mortgage or other- 
wise to our Satisfaction, we promise on Rec 1 of said Notes, thus 
secured, or on the payment of the same, we will convey to him a Cer- 
tain Lot of Land in said Windsor, numbered Nine in the first Range, 
originally drawn to the Right of Thomas Packer — the Obligation to 
be binding on us for two Months from Date — Portsm March 12, 1802 

Nath 1 A. Haven 
John Peirce 

Deeds Executed & Mortgage taken June 26 1802 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 



[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors Oct. 5, 1759, to William Earl Treadwell 
and others. Wolfeborough Addition was annexed Dec. 4, 1800. A portion of 
Alton was annexed June 27, 1849, an ^ a farm ^ rom Tuftonborough, June 26, 1858. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 456, 824; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 730; 
Index to Laws, 588; sketch, by B. F. Parker, Fergussons History of Carroll 
County, 1889, p. 279; papers under title Kingswood ; In the Heart of the White 
Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 8 ; Central New Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 
1890, p. 103; Note, 1814, by C. Lowell, 13, Mass. Historical Society Collections, 
117; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 162; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, pp. 597, 599.] 



[Petition for Grant.'] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 162.] 

To the Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 ' and others Proprietors Par- 
chasors of John Tufton Mason Esq r 

We being desirous of improving & Settling some waste Land in 
this Province of New Hampshire Pray the Proprietors aforesaid that 
a Township may be Granted to us & our Associates of Six Miles 
Square at or near Winnepeseocket Pond ; for that Purpose 

A R Cutter 
David Sewall 
Will a Earl Treadwell 



[Bounds of Wolfeborough.'] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 146.] 

a tract of Land Bounded as follows viz to begin at the north 
Easterly Corner of y e new town granted to Jonathan Chesley Ebene- 
zer Smith & their associates it being the Bounds between Said town 
& that Called y e middle town ship & then Runs N 48 Degrees East 
on the head of Said middle town and Samon falls town ship So far 
(as that a Line Run N W Six miles & then S W to wenepesocke pond 
& then to Run Down Bounding on Said pond on Every part thereof 
until the Bound or Corner first mentioned shall Bear S. E. & then to 
Run S. E. to Said Bounds first mentioned) as Shall Contain 36 Square 
miles 

Walter Bryent 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 469 

[Charter of Wolfeborough, 1759.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Oct. 5, 1759.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth October 5 th 1759. Fryday five of the 

New Hampshire \ Clock afternoon at the House of James Stoodly 
Innholder — The Proprietors meet according to Adjournment — 

Whereas Sundry young Gentlemen of the Town of Portsmouth in 
said Province have applied to said Proprietors and represented that 
they were disposed to make a Settlement of a new plantation and to 
advance all such sums of money from time to time as shoud be neces- 
sary to a vigorous Prosecution of that design if they cou'd obtain the 
title of said Proprietors to a Suitable tract of land for this purpose 
& thereupon have requested such a grant and said Proprietors being 
willing to encourge a Proposition so likely to be of publick utility — 
Therefore — 

Voted That there be and hereby is Granted unto William Earl 
Treadwell, Henry Apthorp, Ammi Ruhamah Cutter and David Sewall 
all of Portsmouth aforesaid and such others as they shall admitt as 
associates with them & their respective heirs and assigns forever 
all the right, title, estate, property and demand of said Proprietors of 
in and unto a certain tract of land in the province aforesaid equal in 
Quantity to thirty six square miles bounded as follows, viz* beginning 
at the northeasterly corner of a tract of land granted by said Proprie- 
tors to Jonathan Chesla & others known by the name of New Durham 
then riming north forty eight degrees east on the head or upper line 
of a tract of land called Middletown and on that called Salmon falls 
Town or as those head lines run joining thereon & running so far as 
that a line running from thence Six miles northwest & then South- 
west to Winnepiseoky pond and then by the side of said Pond join- 
ing thereon untill the aforesaid corner first mentioned bears Southeast 
and then runing South East to the said Corner makes up the afore- 
said Quantity of thirty six square miles Excepting and reserving as is 
herein after expressed & on the Conditions and Limitations and terms 
herein after declared. To have and to hold the said Granted Prem- 
ises with the appurtenances to them the said William Earl Treadwell, 
Henry Apthorp, Ammi Ruhamah Cutter & David Sewall and their 
associates their several & respective heirs and assigns forever on the 
terms reservations & Limmitations& Conditions following viz* — First — 
That the said tract of land be at the cost of the Grantees & their 
associates be laid out as soon as may be into four equal parts both for 
Quantity and Quality and one of the said parts to be determined by lot 
be and hereby is excepted and reserved to the said Proprietors and their 
assigns which Quarter part shall also be laid out at the expence of 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



the said Grantees and their associates when requested by said Pro- 
prietors into twenty shares or Lotts three of which shall be for the 
following publick uses viz* one for the use of a School, one for the 
use of the first minister of the Gospell who shall settle there and the 
other for the use of the ministry of the Gospel there forever and the 
other seventeen lotts to be for the use of the persons to whom they 
shall fall by lott hereafter to be drawn their heirs and assigns — by 
which method also the aforesaid Lotts for Publick uses shall be deter- 
mined & all necessary Publick or General highways shall be laid 
out in the said reserved Quarter at the Expence of the said Grantees 
& associates no highway to be less than two rods, wide and all the 
Shares, lotts & divisions in the said Quarter part shall not be liable 
to any charge in settling & carrying this proposal into Execution untill 
the same shall be improved by the respective owners — 

Secondly the said Grantees shall have ten families settled on said 
three Quarters of said Tract of land within three years after a publick 
peace shall be concluded between the english French and Indians and 
within eight years after such a peace to have a forty families settled 
there and a convenient house built for the publick worship of God 
and all necessary highways shall be laid out thro' the said Land of the 
breadth aforesaid, all the said matters and things are to be done at 
the charge and Expence of the Grantees and their associates, Pro- 
vided that if after such a peace a war with the Indians shoud again 
commence before the expiration of the several periods before lim- 
mitted the like time shall be allowed as before specifyed after that 
Impediment shall be removed — 

Moreover all white pine trees fit for his Majesty's use in the Ser- 
vice of the Royal Navy are hereby reserved to his Majesty's use his 
heirs and Successors for that purpose, that Now are or hereafter shall 
be growing on said Land — 

And in case the said Grantees and their associates shall neglect and 
omit to perform the articles, matters or things before mention'd by 
them to be done or that shall be added by agreement between said 
Proprietors and them according to the true Intent and meaning hereof 
and within the time limmitted for that purpose it shall & May be 
lawfull to & for said Proprietors & they are hereby authorized either 
by themselves or any of them their Agent or Agents or attornies in 
their name to Re Enter and take possession of said Granted Premises 
& become reseized thereof and be again instated as in their former 
estate and as if this Grant had never been made — 

And further it is agreed and this Condition added that the Gran- 
tors lotts shall not be subjected to any town or parish charges or 
Taxes neither by act of Assembly or otherways untill they shall by 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 47 1 

them respectively settled or Sold but the Grantees & their associ- 
ates shall keep and save them wholly Indemnified from the same and 
also that neither the Grantors nor their heirs shall be by virtue of 
this Grant bound or held to warrant the said Granted Premises to 
the Grantees nor their associates — And that there be also reserved in 
the most convenient place in the said three quarter parts of said tract 
hereby granted ten acres of land, to be laid Out by the said Grantees 
and their associates, in, or near as can be in a square for publick uses 
for the benefit of the Inhabitants of the whole Tract herein described 
viz 1 for a training field, burying Ground and any other publick use — 



[Daniel Peirces Receipt, 1765.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 147.] 

I Daniel Pierce of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hamps r 
Esq r As a Legatee or Owner of the Right or Interest of Joshua Pierce 
Esq r As one of Masons Proprietors Do hereby Acknowledge & 
Receive the 300 Acres Allow'd and Granted to m r Hugh Hall Went- 
worth Adjoyning to wolfborough As may Appear by their vote Dated 
the 24 th Jan y 1765 As so much of said Joshua Pierc's Right for 
which the Other Proprietors have not yet Receivd their Equal Shares 
And that in future Divisions the other Proprietors are to have Equivo- 
lent thereto In which no share is to be allowd to said Joshua Pierce 
Untillthe other Propr rs have Equivolent According to their Respective 
Interests. Witness my hand Jan y 24 th 1765 

D Peirce 



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CHARTER RECORDS, 



{Plan of Wolfeborough, 1767.] 




too Ditto, 
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[Petition of Warner, Stoodly, and Jackson, 1768.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 148.] 

The Petition of Jonathan Warner, James Stoody, and Hall Jackson 
to the Proprietors of Mason's Patent ; seteth forth, That the said 
Proprietors at their meeting held by adjournment the 25 th day of 
January 1765 did generously grant unto Mess rs John Wenworth, 
Clement Jackson & James Stoodly Esq rs as a consideration for some 
services done the Proprietary, fifteen hundred Acres of Land said land 
to be laid out on the Easterly side of Wolfboroug; That upon a 
survey of said Land it's found that a large ridge of Rocks extends 
itself thro' the whole of said Grant along the head line of Wolfborough 
and that one the eastermost side of said ridge is a very large Ceder 
swamp both of these renders the greatest part of said Grant entirely 
unimprovable, and consequently of no Benefit to the Grantees, That 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 473 

your patitioners have been at considerable expence in surveying and 
laying out said Grant, and have procured a setler for each five hun- 
dred Acres, with a grant to each Setler of one hundred Acres, as an 
encouragment for his seteling, so that there now remains to your 
Patitioners only four hundred Acres each, more than one half of which 
will be unimprovable, that your patitioners are determined to settle 
and improve their rights equal too any of the Wolfborough Grantees, 
provided their grants are mad as large & good as theirs, the least of 
which in the uper range of Lotts is six hundred Acres. Your Pati- 
tioners who are now the owners of your former grant beg that an 
aditional grant be made them either on the eastermost side, or notherly 
end of the former Grant as the Proprietors shall think most proper — 
Portsm July 13 tb 1768— James Stoodly 

Hall Jackson 



[Reserved Lots, 1769.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 149, and Proprietors' Records, Nov. 8, 

1769.] 

Province of [ At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands 
New Hampshire j purchased of John Tufton Mason Esqu r in New 
— Hampshire, held at Portsmouth, on the 8 th day of November 1769 — 

Whereas the Grantees of a Tract of land granted by Said Pro- 
prietors, to William Earle Tread well Henry Apthorp Ammi Ruhamah 
Cutter & David Sewall and their Associates and their Several and 
respective Heirs and Assigns, (Said tract now called Wolfborough) 
have returned a Plan of one fourth or Quarter part of said granted 
tract of Land, reserve for the Said Proprietors, the Grantors, as 
determined by lot, and said fourth part of said granted tract should 
have been divided into twenty lots or shares, but in Said plan of one 
fourth part of said granted tract of land, reserved for said Proprietors 
the Grantors, returned by Said Grantees, the Division is made into 
eighteen Shares or lots only, and numbered one to eighteen — notwith- 
standing, it is Voted that the Said Plan be and hereby is accepted, 
and the Said eighteen Shares or lotts be now drawn for at this meet- 
ing, and the lot or Share drawn to each Proprietors Right, and the lot 
and share drawn for the Ministry and for the first Settled minister, 
and for the benefit of a School — be entered, as drawn respectively, to 
Said Proprietors, and first minister Settled — and shall be to them their 
Heirs and assigns For ever, and for the benefit of the ministry and 
School for ever, and the Lot or Share so entered as drawn to each, 



474 



CHARTER RECORDS, 



respectively, shall be a final Severance of the Same, to whom drawn- 
The Draft of the above Eighteen Shares viz* 
1 st drawn N° 9 To the use of the Ministry 



2 

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5 

6 

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11 

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17— to the Right of John Wentworth Esq r 
15 to the Right of Joshua Peirce Esqu r 

12. to George Jaffrey Esq r 

6. to Thomas Packer Esq r 
14. to John Moffatt Esq r 

11. to Daniel Peirce Esq r and Mary Moor's Right 

2. to Mark Hunking Wentworth Esq 1 

4. to Thomas Walingford Esq r 
18. to the first Settled Minister 

7. to John Rindge 

13. to Samuel Solly & Clement March Esq 1 ' 8 

8. to Meserve Blanchard & Comp a 

5. to Mess rs John Thomlinson & Jn° Tufton Mason Esq rs 

3. to the Right of Richard Wibird Esq r 
16. to the Right of Jotham Odiorne Esq r 

1 to School's Use & Benefit — 
10 to Theodore Atkinson Esq r 



A true Copy of Record 



attest. Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 

[Plan of Reserved Lots.'] 



475 




A Plan of the Township of Wolfsborough with Rivers and Pond 
therein — 

The three Ranges or eighteen Lotts is that Quarter part of the 
aforesaid Township remaining the Property of the Proprietors, of 
Mason's Patent — 



476 CHARTER RECORDS. 

The Single range with five Lotts is one Thousand Acres of S d Town- 
ship divided into two hundred Acres each lott for Settlers, Said lotts 
are 200 rods long, and half a mile wide, number 5, has ten rods added 
to the wedth thereof to make it as good as the other 4 lotts, on account 
of part of the Lake on Smiths river falling thereinto — 

A true Plan ^ Walter Bryent Jun r Surv r — 

October 27 th 1762— 

This may certify that this plan of the Grantors Quarter part of the 
Township of Wolfborough, was returned by Walter Bryant Jun r Sur- 
veyor to the Grantees as a true plan of Said Quarter part — 

att r Jn° Parker Prop rs CP— 

This Plan and laying out into lots of the Grantors part of the Town- 
ship of Wolfborough, was returned by the Grantees, was accepted by 
the Grantors, and their particular Lots or Shares were Severed to each 
Proprietors right, agreable to Said plan & as it stands on the file of 
Records of the Proprietors of which this is a true Copy 

Attest Geo. Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Petition for Addition, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 150.] 

To the Proprietors of Mason's Patent so called 

The Petition of the Proprietors of the Tract of Land called Wolf- 
borough humbly shews — 

That the Surveyor employed by your Petitioners to survey & lay 
outlaid Township took it for granted that a Neck of Land in Win- 
nipisiokee Pond adjoining to s d Township contained as many Acres of 
Land as were equivolent to the several ponds of Water within said 
Township whereas upon an actual Survey of said Neck it is found to 
contain no more than five hundred & forty Seven Acres and Smiths 
Pond is Supposed to contain at least three thousand Acres & Middle 
Pond near one thousand Acres more not to Mention several other 
smaller^ Ponds — Therefore your Petitioners humbly pray you would 
take this Matter into your Consideration & grant them as many Acres 
of Land adjoining to said Township of Wolfborough as in your Wis- 
dom you may think they are deprived of thro' the Inadvertence not to 
say Chicanery of the Surveyor — and your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound shall ever pray &c — 

Portsmouth Nov r 20 th 1769— J n ° Parker on Behalf of & 

Clerk to said Proprietors 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 



477 



[Condition of Settlements, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 151.] 



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Thomas Triggs . 
James Lucass 
Sam 1 Tibbits 
Joseph Lary 
Tho 8 Taylor 
Tho 8 Piper 
M" Fulerton 
Benj a Blake 
Andrew Wiggings 
James Hersay . 
Jon a Hersay on D Peirce 
Isriel Clifford . 
David Haynes . 
William Haynes 
Sam" Clifford . 
Ruben Libby . 
Sam 11 Tibbets Jun* 
John Sinclear . 
Tho* Lucass 
James Lucass Jun r 
Benj a Folsom 
Jacob Scajeal . 
George Meserve 
John Parker 
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Wolfborough Jan y 1770 Jotham Rindge & W m Blake 



478 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Report on Highways and Bridges, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 152.] 

Ossipee Bridge July 8 th 1773 

Gentlemen 

Agreeable to Request we have Vewed the Road & Bridges from 
Wolfborough Line to Ossepee River & Find the Rode is not sufficient 
in Wedth in many places to pass with a Team & in Sundry places 
either so Steep or Sideling that it s impossable to pass with a Loaded 
Team & that some more Crossway to fullfill the Agreement is Neces- 
sary — Pine River Bridge Wharf'd at Each End a Gallus under the 
Middle Four String peices that wou'd Squear about Eight Inches in 
the Middle & Two Ditto under Six Inches a Good sort of Timber for 
Covering tho not Flated or Trunneld the Bridge built so high as we 
think not Subject to be carried off with a Freshet — 

Ossipee River Bridge we find Three pair of Peires good Timber 
well Framd & Braced Tho no Ballast Flour Two Single Peires well 
framed & Braced we find the Water Under the Bridge ab* five feet 
Deep & the Covering about Nine feet Clear from y e Water The Cov- 
ering lays on Three Good String Peices in Wedth near Twelve Inches 
squear of the best Timber we Coud See Round about y e Bridge a 
good sort of Timber for Covering & close lade tho not flated or Trun- 
nel'd the whole Length of y e Bridge is about Two hundred & Twenty 
four feet — Hand Reiles on Each side — The large Crossway over the 
Beaver Dam Near Ossipee Bridge built with good Timber & Close 
lade— We find The Stumps in y e Road close cut the Rode in General 
not a Rod Wide We are Your Hum 1 serv tts 

Henry Rust 
H: Y: Brown 

Daniel Rogers & John Penhallow Esq r 



WOLFEBOROUGH, 



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[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 153.] 

Whereas Daniel Peirce Esq ur Suggest's that he has one thousand 
Acres of land in the tract land granted to John Tufton mason Esq llr 
which is called Tuftonborough and as the Claimers of Tufton borough 
have mark'd out the grant to John Tufton Mason in a different place 
than was Voted and the thousand Acres assigned to Said Peirce lay's 
without y e grant made to S d Mason — and as the Proprietors have 



480 CHARTER RECORDS. 

voted that a thousand Acres of land be laid out to each Proprietor's 
Right except to y e Right of the late Coll Nath 11 Meserve Joseph 
Green deceas'd & Paul March to whose Right one thousand Acres of 
land was granted to George Meserve Esq ur & Stephen Batson it is 
determined that the thousand Acres to be laid out to Daniel Peirce 
Esq ur in the Right of Josh a Peirce Esq ur Deceas'd be laid out adjoin- 
ing to his land in Wolfborough 

This is voted as a memorandum to be observed when the thousand 
Acres of y e other Proprietors is Severed 

Attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Henry Rust's Report on Road, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 154.] 

Wolfborough Sep r 6 th 1774 
Sir Saterday Night last I Return'd from Conway Road with fif- 
teen Men after being to Work there Twelve Days we have com- 
pleated the Road so far as the Six Mile Tree from Conway Line & 
Gess it will take another fortnight to Compleat the whole to y e Line 
I propose to sett out again Next Monday cum Sennit in Order to 
finnish — I find the Road through Lovets Town fill'd up with Wind 
falls for Twenty or thirty Rods which stops y e Teams from passing 
M r Heath wou'd have ben Down with his Team after Stores last 
Week had it not ben for that Obstruction 

Y r Most Obed t Hum 1 serv** 

Henry Rust 
To the Hono rle Dan 1 Rogers Esq r 



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belonging to John Peirce Esq r containing seven hundred & ninety 
seven Acres three Rood & thirty five Perch exclusive of the Land left 
for a Road where the double Line is drawn two Rods wide and laid 
down by a Scale of forty Rods to an Inch 

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Elijah Hersey shall have the refusal of mv Lot — 143 Acres N° 4 
until the first day of Feb y 1808— June 26 1807 

reserve a road for James Hersey out of N° 1 

M r Will Hersey to have the refusal of Lot N° 1—921 Acres until 
June 20 th 1809— at 7 Doll 

Will Fullerton ) March 4 1813 apply for lot 

Benj a Fullerton \ under consideration 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 

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for Sum Land they have Some thought of some Lot of yours if you 
and thay Can agree in wolf b° they ar good industrious Young Men At 
present 

this from James Hersey 

Tuft on March 1 th 1813 

N B if you want to higher Ither of them ar good Men William Ful- 
erton or Benjamin fulerton Are the Men 



[Request for Information. ,] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 155.] 

Please to know the Quality of Lot N° 14 in the northwesterly Cor- 
ner of Wolfborough containing about 350 Acres — I suppose a part 
has been purchased & Settled— it is on Tuftonborough Line about 
500 Rods from the town corner 



484 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Answer to Foregoing, 1814.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 155.] 

ossipee may the 20 d 1814 
to John Peirce Eq 1 sir by your Desier I have ben on Lot N° 14 in 
Wolfsbourrough and bin fifty accers Sold of the South Eastly end of 
the Lot and find a boute Seventy or Eighty accers of pond en Lot 
N° 14 and the Rerriander of the Lot to be Cheafly hard Wood good 
sile but Rockey and Broken — 

Jacob Brown 



PETITIONS 



AND OTHER PAPERS 



RELATING TO LANDS 



WHOSE LOCATION IS 



UNKNOWN. 



PETITIONS 



AND OTHER PAPERS 



RELATING TO LANDS 



WHOSE LOCATION IS 



UNKNOWN. 



[Petition for Grant, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 156.] 

Hamp* Novembr the 7. 1748. — -To those Gentlemen who as we are 
Informed have Right and Powr to Grant or Give the ungranted Lands 
of this Province we whos Names are here Under written Do Humbly 
Request that we may have a share in the ungranted Lands — 



Ephraim Marston 
Shubel Paige 
Samuell Brown junr 
John Mason 
Nathan Godfrie 
Benjman Philbrouck 
Jonathan Dows 
John Moulton 
Amos Kncwls 
Gideon Shaw 
wintrup Sanbon 
Jonathan Elkins 
Jonathan Tucke 
Benjmian Tuke 
Anth y Emery 
John Moulton junr 
John Tayler 
Jonathan Leavitt 
Enoch Fogg 
Simon Marston 



Joshua Towle 
Jeremiah Sanborn 
Moses Perkens 
Elisha Johnson 
Samuell Brown 
Simon Dow junr 
Joseph Dowle junr 
James towl 
James Johnson 
Nemehiah Hobs 
Jeremiah Dow 
Nathan Moulton jun 1 
Jabez James 
Amos Towle 
Jonathan towle 
Philip Towle 
Benjmian Mason 
Henery Dearbon 
Cristphor palmer 
Elisha Marston 



John Dearbon 
John Sanborn 
Edward Shaw junr 
Thomas Paige 
Jonathan Marston junr 
Jeremiah Marston 
Joseph Johnson 
James Garland 
Thomas Brown 
James Leavit 
Joshua Towle junr 
Nathaniel Lampil 
Samuell Dow junr 
Thomas Blake 
James Philbrouck 
Joseph Philbrouk 
Joseph Philbrouck jun r 
John Garland 
Jonathan Moulton junr 
Stephen Sanborn 



4 88 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Request from Thomas Davis, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 157.] 

Boston December y e 13 to 1748 

Sir M r Hounken Wintwfe Sir : be know that I : Entende to be 

att home in a very Lettle time for I : ame att Worke heare att pres- 
ent — therfor I: Desire the fafour of you that you Would Enter 
Doune my name in the Leste With Respecete to that Loatt of Land 
and in So Doundin you Will Obleidge your houmble Servent — 

pr me Thomas Davis 



[Request for Grant, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 158.] 

Undar y e Lord proprietars we y e subcribors Desiar a township if 
ther Honors Se fit to grant it 

John ober Danill Peasly Henry sandors 

Danill gage John Hall Robert Elenwod 

Joseph sandars Rechard Kimball Petar merrill 

William sandars William Killey Nathanill merrill 

Danill Dow Timothy sandars Ebenezer Jaquith 

Ebenezer Wodbery Josiah Hamblit olivar Sandars 

Timothy clemant Thomas Wyman Nathanill Woodbury 

[Endorsed] Jn° Ober & c Rece d June 8 th 1749 



[Petition of John Grout, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 159.] 

To the Hon ble the proprietors of the Right of John Tufton Mason 
Eq r 

The Dying imperfect words & Letters of a Dying man I have Layen 
A Dying above 3 years un capable of properly writing to your Hon rs 
and uncapable of Coming unto you I would Beeg Leave in as good 
words as capable of to wind of short praying that I may be certifleed 
in writing the State of the place that No Sudden forfiture may be 
taken wile I a dying and famelly ignorant 

your dying friend 

april 30—1770 John Grout 



LOCATIONS UNKNOWN. 489 

[Conditions of Settlement for Smithshire.~] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 160.] 

Conditions of Settelment after the Land is Given or Granted to 
the Second township by Name of Smithsheir 

l ly that there be a Sutable and Conveniant Plase with 20 : acers of 
Land to be measured out and Left for Incouragement in Part to him 
or them that will build a sawmill and that their be Six acers of Land 
be Left in the most Conveniant Plase for a senter Square and s d Six 
acors to be Cleard for to set a meating hous and a school Hous and a 
burying Plase : s d : Six acers Never to be fenced or improved by any 
Person or Persons any other way and if any Person incroach thereon 
the Survayer of highways to Clear the sane as in Case of hiways 

2 ly that the Land be Laid out in two Divisions and Drawn for at 2 
Draughts but before any is Drawn for one Lot to be Chose out for 
the Parsonage the afore S d : work to be done within one year after 
the Land is Given and Granted 

3 ly that the Proprioters Clear a bagage or Hors way from the Sen- 
tur Square to the Nearest and most Conveniant Place to meat the 
Proprioters of Burtown and then and their Each Proprioter to be at 
an Equal Proportion of Cost with the s d Pro rs of Burtown in Clear- 
ing S d way to the Nearest and most Conveniant Salt water 

4 ly that there be a Sawmill and Dam fit to Saw be built in three 
years from the Giving and Granting S d Land and that the owner of 
S d mill shall saw the Proprioters Logs for one half During the term 
of Seven years from the Giving s d Land 

5 ly that the Proprioters Clear and make fit for Carting a Road or 
way from the Sentur Square in the most Conveniant Place for trave- 
ling to or till they meat with the Road of the Proprioters of Burton 
and then to be at an Equal Proportion with s d Proprioters to Clear s d 
way to the nearest and most Conveniant Salt water within four years 
from the Giving and Granting S d Land 

6 ly that Each Proprioter build one house 14 feet wid and 18 feet 
Long and Chimny Cover and flore S d hous and Clear Plant or Sow 
three acers of Land on his own Right within Eight years from the 
Giving and Granting S d Land 

7 ly that the Proprioters Build a meatinghouse fit to Preach in 
within ten Years from the Giving s d Land 

8 ly that there be Praching on Sabbath Days in S cl meatinghouse at 
the Cost of the Proprioters from and after the End of twelve years 
from the Giving or Granting S d Land 

9 ly that the Proprioters meet on the first thursday in aprell anu- 
ally to Chouse a Clark and assesors to asses and a Colecter or Colec- 



490 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ters to Collect Such Sum or Sumes of money as shall be voated to be 
Raised by the mager Part of s d Proprioters at any of their s d meet- 
ings and that the Colecter after he hath Rec d his List fron the asses- 
ors Shall notify Each man of the Sum Raised in his List and Demand 
the Same : and the Person or Parsons that Doth Refuse or neglect 
to Pay the Same for the Spase of 30 days after notis is Given then 
the assesors or the mager Part of them to Give under their hands to 
the Collecter what Part of that S d Proprioters Land Shal be Sould at 
Publick Vandue by the Collecter for to Pay s rt tax and Cost and S d 
Collecters Dead shall be Sufficiant against any Proprioter or owner 
what Ever and that the overplush if any there be shall be Returned 
to the owner by the Collecter and S d Colecter to Give 24 daus notis 
to the Clark of s d Proprietey before the day of Sale of the time and 
Plase to be Entered in the Clarks offis and after the Sale to make a 
Return of what is Sould and to who to the Clarks office and s d Clark 
to Enter what is sould and to who and to Give Coppies thereof to the 
assesors in the month of aprell anually 

[On the back are the following notes :] 

High Ways to be as in the other Grants 

To be drawd at once 2 Divisions 

to Join a good & bad together 

100 acres 1 Lot 

the forfeited Shares to do the duty tho forfeited 

[Another copy of these conditions on p. 161 of the manuscript vol- 
ume bears the following:] 

These Condishons voted By the first Society to be Sent by the 
agant when Chosen 

P r m e Josiah Sanborn Clark of the first Society 



[Proposals for G-rant.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 162.] 

1 st To have the Town Eight Miles square and Divided into One 
Hundred Equal shares. — 

2 dJ y That During the Term of 10 Years after the war shall End, 
We Will Settle 40 Families, of which 10 shall be Settled in the 2 
first Years, the Remainder in Convenient time — 

3 dl * That there shall be a meeting house Built for the Worship of 
God, within 10 Years. 



LOCATIONS UNKNOWN. 



49 I 



4 thy That there shall be such Roads Cut thro' the Town as may be 
Convenient for the Settlem' at the Expence of the Grantees — 

^thiy xhat Such Shares as the Grantors may Reserve, be Laid out 
together — 

6 tmy That the Whole Town shall be Surveyed Lotted out and 
Drawn for within One Year of its being Granted 



[Petition for Grant, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 8, p. 163.] 

N°6— 1748— 
Prov s of ) To the Honb le Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 ' & others 
New Hamp 1 ' ) Purchasers and Propriators of Masons Rights — 
The Petition of the Subscribers Humbly Shews that your Petition- 
ers who are underneath Subscribed are Desireous to have Granted to 
them a Tract of Land for a Township on Merrimack River or as near 
the River as you think Proper and on Such Terms & Limitations as 
others who have asked the Same Favour and as Speedely as Shall be 
Consistent with your Conveiniency and your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound Shall Ever Pray— - 



John Peevey 
James Leach 
Joshua Croket 
James marden 
Thomas Palmer 
Jane haws 
George Townsend 
Moses Caverly Juner 
James Davies 
Timothy Batt 
Benjamin Welch 
Nathaniel Jackson 
Abraham Crusy 
Michael Martin 
John marden 
Daniel Halluran 
Geo : Clyers 
Robert picken 
Henry Beck 
Joseph Brewster jr 
George Marshall 



John Griifeth j r 
W m Kennedy 
William ham 



John Lebbe & Jn° Seaward 



Theodore Libbey 
Thomas Loud 
W m Simpson 



Edward Kennedy 
John Drew Seaward 
Tho s Hatch 
Charles Jarrat 
Peter Greley 
Aaron Moses 
Mich 11 Whidden 
Joph Cevey 



Edward Pendexter Jun r 
Phillip Pendexter 
Peter Massuerre 
Joseph Davis 
Thomas Ham 
John Brown 
David Horney 
Ichabod Clark 
Edward Sherburne Joyner Thomas Peverely 
George Huntterss Juner James Shors 



Noah maiden 
John fornel 
Edmund Webber 
George Saunders 
Mauris Driskiell 
Samuel Cate 
John Marshall 



Rollin Green 
Daniel Laighton 
George Maddin 
Samuel Tompson Jun 1 
Joshua Jackson 
William Jones 
David Brown 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



Edward Scales 
Christopher Cullain 
Caleb Beck 
Benja Dockum 
Thomas Cotton juner 
Benj a Berry 
thomas quint 
George Shurburn 
Tim y Cotton 
John Wisdom 
Jonathan Low 
Jonathan Ross 



George Jackson 
Giles Seaward 
Dan 1 Lang 
Joseph Pitman 
Rich d Fit